Chile Moves Toward Cannabis Legalization
July 8th, 2015
Policy, Top News
Chile took a big step toward the legalization of cannabis after its lower house passed a bill that would permit small amounts of cannabis to be used by the general public, although a health commission and the Senate must still approve the measure before it becomes law. In particular, the bill would permit the country’s residents to possess up to 10 grams of cannabis and grow up to six plants for medical, recreational, or spiritual use.
“We’re celebrating the overwhelming approval of this project,” said Ana Maria Gazmuri of the Fundacion Daya organization to the Associated Press following the 68-to-39 vote in favor of the bill in the lower house. “This project is on the right path and we’re optimistic that it will be passed quickly. It should go through the health commission in a month at most, and ideally it should be approved by the Senate in two months.”
Currently, Chilean marijuana users found guilty of planting, selling, or transporting the drug can be sentenced to jail for up to 15 years. Without much recourse, many medical marijuana patients have been forced to take these risks and operate in fear of the law. Thousands of protesters marched through Santiago in June of last year to demand the legalization of cannabis following similar measures in Uruguay – who legalized the drug last year.
In the end, the rising popularity of cannabis decriminalization and legalization throughout the Americas is a positive sign that the industry may finally be gaining more widespread acceptance at an international level as a way to discourage crime, support medicine, and raise taxes.
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