Cannabis will be removed from Chile’s list of hard drugs, according to a presidential decree obtained by the Associated Press. Cannabis was legalized for medical use in 2014, and the decree also will allow for pharmacies to sell medical cannabis products to patients.
Uruguay will also soon have cannabis available at pharmacies; it will be sold in bud form, and available for non-medical use. Uruguay was the first country to legalize and regulate cannabis, for medical and recreational use, in 2013, and sales are expected to begin in mid-2016. Applications to cultivate came from around the world, and one unsuccessful applicant was Canada’s Tilray (owned by Privateer Holdings, which is backed by Peter Thiel). The cannabis industry is slowly going global.
Last month, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said he will sign an executive decree to allow cannabis cultivation for medical use. And the Mexican government has plans to debate cannabis legalization in 2016.
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