The Chilean government has approved the country’s first marijuana farm, which will grow cannabis for medical research and development.
On Monday, officials from a division of the Chilean Ministry of Agriculture (SAG) issued the country’s first license to cultivate cannabis for medical purposes.
The marijuana will be used to produce an oil-based extract for trials involving cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy and patients with epilepsy.“We can offer free and quality relief to people”The license allows cannabis to be cultivated at a secret location in La Florida, a small county outside the nation’s capital.
Since cannabis is illegal in Chile, the seeds must be imported before cultivation can begin.
According to La Florida mayor Roberto Carter, the aim is to gather scientific evidence on the benefits of cannabis-based medicine, which will help “pave the way for thousands of patients in the country.”
“We can offer free and quality relief to people who die today in the midst of pain and poverty,” he was quoted as saying.
The initiative, which will commence in October, is being sponsored by the La Florida municipality along with the non-profit Daya Foundation, who submitted a request to the SAG last May.
It also received support from the University of Valparaiso and the Arturo Lopez Perez Foundation, which runs a local cancer hospital.
The first trials will involve about 200 patients with cancer and epilepsy, who will be given the treatment for free. The trials are expected to begin April 2015.[Milenio] [cooperativa.cl]