Chile

Mon
21
Dec

Green Medicine - Chile's Medical Cannabis Revolution 2015 Documentary

Green Medicine is a new documentary film that gives an insight into the medical cannabis scene in Chile. It follows the story of Daya Foundation, a non-profit organisation, that was granted a licence by the Chilean government to begin Latin America's first legal cannabis grow in 2014.

Does cannabis make a difference to the quality of life of medical patients suffering from a range of illnesses, including epilepsy and cancer?

The documentary team behind Green Medicine: Chile's medical cannabis Revolution spent 6 months following the progress of the medical marihuana debate in the country. The film features numerous interviews and highlights the arguments for and against the legalization of cannabis, for use by medical patients. 

Tue
08
Dec

Latin America's "Largest-Ever" Legal Marijuana Crop Planted in Chile

University of Valparaiso researcher Rodrigo Diaz Viciedo begins analysis of Fundación Daya's first experimental marijuana grow. (Photo: Bud Theisen)

Santiago, Chile – Medical marijuana advocates won a huge victory in Chile in November as the regional agriculture authority approved a 6,900-plant marijuana farm and a team of volunteers planted 20 strains of high-potency marijuana seeds.

Mon
07
Dec

Chile president: Marijuana no longer on 'hard drug' list

The document hasn't been published officially but a copy was obtained by the Associated Press last week, the Washington Post reported. The new decree also permits the sale of medicines derived from cannabis at pharmacies.

Fri
04
Dec

Chile president signs decree removing marijuana from 'hard drug' list in latest easing on pot

SANTIAGO, Chile — Chilean President Michelle Bachelet has signed a decree that removes marijuana from the country's list of hard drugs.

The decree also authorizes the sale of cannabis-derived medicines at pharmacies.

The document hasn't been published officially, but a copy was obtained Friday by The Associated Press.

Planting, selling and transporting marijuana remains illegal in Chile and carries prison terms of 5-10 years. But Congress is expected to soon debate wider changes to Chile's drug law.

Chile is joining an international trend of easing restrictions on marijuana for medical or personal use.

Sat
28
Nov

Chile 'medicinal' pot-smoking mum denied access to baby

A Chilean mother says a hospital is restricting her access to her newborn baby because she said she smoked marijuana.

Sindy Melany Ortiz said she smoked pot for medicinal reasons to alleviate pain in one of her arms.

She says she is not being allowed to breast-feed her daughter and can only see her for two hours a day.

Hospital officials in the southern city of Talcahuano said they were following protocol and the baby was at risk.

"They have violated my rights as a mother," said Ms Ortiz, "I use this drug only for the pain in my arms, it was recommended by a medical professional to me and I am absolutely not a drug consumer."

Fri
27
Nov

Chile pot-smoking mum cannot see baby

A Chilean mother says a hospital is restricting her access to her newborn baby because she said she smoked marijuana.

Sindy Melany Ortiz said she smoked pot for medicinal reasons to alleviate pain in one of her arms.

She says she is not being allowed to breast-feed her daughter and can only see her for two hours a day.

Hospital officials in the southern city of Talcahuano said they were following protocol and the baby was at risk.

“They have violated my rights as a mother,” said Ms Ortiz, “I use this drug only for the pain in my arms, it was recommended by a medical professional to me and I am absolutely not a drug consumer.”

Mon
02
Nov

Chile plants 7000 seeds of marijuana for medical use

SANTIAGO, Chile - The Chilean government approved the largest plantation in Latin America, nearly 7000 seeds of marijuana for medicinal use. The measure will benefit a total of 4,000 cancer patients, with refractory epilepsy, those who resist anticonvulsants, or who suffer chronic pain.
  
Permission was granted by the State Agricultural and Livestock Service (SAG) of the Maule, in the center of the country.
  
In Chile, the third largest consumer of marijuana in the region, cultivation, sale and transportation of marijuana is still prohibited by a strict law that has not changed and infringement means heavy prison sentences.
  

Wed
23
Sep

Chile: Marijuana decriminalization: Government proposes cuts of sanctions

According to the deputy Juan Luis Castro, up to four grams and a plant will be considered a fault, while more than that is a crime.
"We are far from reaching an agreement on the project," said the chairman of the Health Committee.

A reduction of penalties, without their removal, is what the Government proposes on the project that seeks to decriminalize marijuana, which is pending in the House of Representatives.

According an advance from the president of the Health Commission of the House, Juan Luis Castro (PS), the position is that if a person is caught carrying up to four grams of marijuana or has a plant for self-cultivation in his home it will be considered an administrative offense, with citation to the local police court, and a possible fine.

Mon
24
Aug

Chile Is About to Decriminalize Marijuana

With its proposed changes to Ley 20.000 (Law 20,000), Chile joins a growing list of Latin American countries decriminalizing marijuana. The initiative, which would grant Chileans the right to possess up to 10 grams of cannabis and grow up to six marijuana plants at a time, was passed in Chile’s Chamber of Deputies on July 7 with 68 voting in favor and 39 against.

Sat
22
Aug

Chile Is About to Decriminalize Marijuana

The moves in Santiago highlight a growing movement toward acceptance of pot in Latin America.

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