According to the Daya Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes alternative therapies, the largest medical cannabis farm in Latin America was officially launched on Jan. 18, 2016.
With more than 6,000 plants, the farm, located in Quinamávida, Colbún, in the Maule Region of Chile, is slated to supply medical cannabis to 4,000 patients who suffer from cancer and epilepsy.
“This project is to ensure a basic right, that is access to health. We believe it is an ethical imperative to democratize access to cannabis,” said Ana Maria Gazmuri, Executive Director of the Daya Foundation.
“We need profound changes, and this project gives hope to many people,” said Fernando San Roman, Mayor of Tocopilla.
According to Leaf Science, the Chilean Ministry of Agriculture granted the Daya Foundation permission to cultivate medical cannabis on Sept. 8, 2014.