A Chilean municipality in the capital of Santiago is harvesting legal medical marijuana as part of a government-approved pilot programme to help ease the pain of cancer patients.
The harvest on Tuesday (April 7) came after the country’s first planting of cannabis for medical uses in October 2014.
It is the joint work of the municipality and the Daya Foundation, a non-profit group that sponsors pain-relieving therapies. The head of foundation said on Tuesday that Chile “has the opportunity to become a regional leader” in the production of medical cannabis. At present, the planting, selling and transporting of marijuana remains illegal in Chile and carries prison terms of up to 15 years.