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.
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.
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