Chile: Medical Cannabis Now Being Sold in Pharmacies

By Paul Armentano, NORML Deputy Director

Medical cannabis products are now available to patients with a physician’s authorization at certain Chilean pharmacies.

The nation legalized the use and distribution of medical cannabis in 2015, and just recently began importing medicinal cannabis products from the Canadian provider Tilray. (Chileans are not permitted under the law to cultivate their own cannabis.) In recent weeks, Tilray has also announced agreements to have its products exported to Australia and Cypress.

Several other South American countries are also moving forward to implement cannabis reforms. Colombian lawmakers approved regulations governing the production and use of medical cannabis in 2016, while Argentinian lawmakers signed off on legislation in March regulating the distribution of cannabidiol.

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Chile’s President Signs Decree Removing Cannabis as a ‘Hard Drug’, Legalizing Medical Cannabis Sales

chileChile President Michelle Bachelet has signed a decree officially and immediately removing cannabis from the nation’s list of hard drugs, which includes substances such as heroin and cocaine.

The decree also legalizes the distribution of cannabis-based medicines, such as tablets and tinctures, to be sold at pharmacies.

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Chile to Allow Distribution of Medical Cannabis through Pharmacies

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Chile’s Vice Minister of Health Jamie Burrows has announced that the nation will soon modify its laws to explicitly allow for the sale of medical cannabis through pharmacies.

The new law, according to Burrows, will allow those who receive a prescription for cannabis from a physician to purchase the medicine through authorized pharmacies which would have “strict controls on stock”. The law is currently being reviewed by Chile President Michelle Bachelet, who’s exacted to soon announce her support for the move.

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Chile Lawmakers Pass Measure to Legalize Recreational Cannabis

Marijuana_Plants-3Chile’s lower house of Congress has voted 68 to 39 to pass legislation that would legalize the possession, use, cultivation and transportation of recreational cannabis.

If approved into law, the measure would legalize the possession of up to 10 grams of cannabis, and the personal cultivation of up to 6 cannabis plants. It would also be legal to share and transport cannabis.

The proposal now goes to a health committee before being voted on once more by the lower house, which would then send it to the Senate for consideration.

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Chile Health Committee Passes Bill to Legalize Cannabis

Chile’s purpleplantCongressional Health Committee has voted to approve a bill that would legalize recreational cannabis for everyone 18 and older, and allow those under 18 to use and possess cannabis for medical purposes.

The proposal, which now moves to the full Chamber of Deputies, would legalize the private cultivation of up to six cannabis plants for those 18 and older. Consuming cannabis in public would remain illegal, and when not in a private residence no more than 10 grams could be in a person’s possession at any given time.

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President of Chile Senate Introduces Bill to Legalize Recreational Cannabis

Isabelle Allende Bussi, President of Chile’s Senate, has introduced legislation to legalize the possession, use and private cultivation of recreationalchile cannabis. Senators Fulvio Rossi, Alfonso de Urresti, Carlos Montes, and Juan Pablo Letelier are cosponsors of the motion.

“It is important to legislate on this matter and regarding fundamental rights we must catch up to be a modern and inclusive society”, says Bussi.

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