SANTIAGO – The Chilean authorities have authorized the company Agrofuturo to carry out a project of cultivation and harvest of cannabis sativa for medicinal purposes, the second such initiative in Chile.
A statement from the Agricultural and Livestock Service said on Wednesday that the marijuana planting is being done under strict compliance with legal and regulatory provisions.
The agency explained that Agrofuturo will begin industrial production of medicinal cannabis and research applied to the production process for national and international markets, but the reproduction of plants or multiplication of seeds of the species of the genus cannabis will not be allowed.
The plants will be cultivated at the Agrofuturo facility in the city of Los Angeles, south of Santiago.
The company had acquired permission to start marijuana cultivation in 2011, but it was immediately revoked by the Public Health Institute, which rejected the use of the plant for the manufacture and marketing of products.
Under Chilean law, the consumption of marijuana is not prohibited but its sale and cultivation are illegal.
However, for some time the government has been open to the possibility of allowing its medicinal use in a more comprehensive manner and there have been several street demonstrations to promote legalization in Chile.
The first marijuana plantation project was approved last September, for medicinal and academic purposes.
The initiative was promoted jointly by the Daya Foundation and the municipality of La Florida in Santiago, for the use of cannabis oil in the treatment of patients with cancer.
This move made Chile the first to officially cultivate medical marijuana in Latin America.