INTERNATIONAL: Chile lawmakers move to let people grown their own marijuana

By Aftab Ali, The Independent (UK)

Chilean law already allows medical use of marijuana with government approval. * Photo credit: AP

THE INDEPENDENT (UK) – Chile looks set to decriminalise cannabis after the country approved a bill to allow its people to grow small amounts of marijuana for medical purposes.

The public gallery in the lower house of congress erupted into cheers and applause as 68 members – compared with 39 – voted for the bill.

The announcement has been praised as being a ‘big step forward’ in the usually socially conservative country’s stance on drugs.

Until now, planting, selling or transporting marijuana in Chile has been a punishable offence which could have resulted in up to 15 years imprisonment.

Now, Chileans will be able to able to grow six plants at home, allowing the possession of up to 10 grams (0.35 ounce).

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7 comments

  1. Everything the usa do ya'll want to do it!

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  3. Dr. Ralph Gonzalves of St. Vincent and the Grenadines recently told an audience on St. Maarten that CARICOM should really consider legalizing GANJA allowing persons to use the herb for medical purposes, while persons should have a small quantity for recreational use. According to him, if we continue to drag our feet on that issue, we will soon be exporting GANJA from the outta world. Other nations are moving rapidly to legalize the herb and yet, the Caribbean with the exception of Jamaica, are lagging behind.

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  5. That's good news.

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  7. There is a reason why the Eastern Caribbean is dragging it's feet. Yes, they are benefiting from the black market and in the legal system to increase the number of criminals in the society.

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  9. good going Chile....when will Caribbean countries follow

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  11. THE PROGRESSIVE CHILEANS.
    ST.LUCIA SHOULD ASK THE CHILEAN GOVERNMENT TO GIVE US SOME TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE UNDER A BACKYARD MARIJUANA PROJECT.

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  13. Grow not Grown. Too many mistakes

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