Avanza process decriminalization of marijuana in Chile

Chilean lawmakers approved Tuesday a bill decriminalizing personal cultivation and use of marijuana for both therapeutic and recreational purposes. After the vote, which ended with 65 votes in favor, 39 against and 5 abstentions, the legal text will be sent to the Senate, where it must be passed into law. 

The rule would legalize possession of up to 10 grams of any kind of marijuana, for over 18 years. It also authorizes the personal cultivation of up to six plants and possess up to 500 grams of marijuana at home. Patients should consume marijuana for medical reasons should have the prescription. 

"I hope we can strengthen educational processes to avoid stigmatizing their consumption," said independent deputy Giorgio Jackson, who also called for "the executive part is done and not continue escaping the debate necessary to eliminate drug trafficking in our country," he said . 

According to the parliamentarian, "the project...

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