On Dec. 5, 2017, the small country of Paraguay became the newest in South America to legalize the cultivation of medical marijuana.
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In this scene from WEEDIQUETTE, Krishna meets with former illicity cannabis farmer Juan Bastilla to learn about the violence that occurred in Colombia when FARC and the government were against one another.
On Oct. 19, 2017, the Congress of Peru voted overwhelmingly to approve a law that legalizes the import, production and sale of medical cannabis oil in the country.
Following a serious public outcry in Peru, the South American country just announced that it is drafting legislation to set up a wide-reaching medical cannabis program.
On Sept. 13, 2017, Juan Andrés Roballo, head of Uruguay’s National Drug Board, announced in a press conference that the country is establishing new cannabis retail stores dedicated to cash-only sales of cannabis because most banks are refusing to work with pharmacies involved in the country’s legal cannabis industry.
The legal sale of marijuana in Uruguayan pharmacies is facing challenges as banks refuse to deal with companies linked to the drug in order to follow international financial laws.
Chileans are increasingly growing their own cannabis for medical purposes as the conservative South American nation begins loosening legal prohibitions on the formerly illegal plant.
On May 2, 2017, Uruguay’s National Drug Board announced that it had opened its cannabis registry system, commencing the process of Uruguay registering adults for its recreational cannabis program and making the country the first in the world to have a government-run recreational program.
On April 6, 2017, Uruguay’s three-year legalization journey hit a pivotal milestone. The Uruguayan government officially gave the okay for pharmacies throughout the country to begin selling recreational marijuana starting in July.
A justice on the Brazilian Supreme Court has called for the legalization of marijuana and even harder drugs as a means to ending violence among drug gangs, according to a Feb. 10, 2017, article from Reuters. The justice, Roberto Barroso, is a constitutional law professor who was educated at Yale University in the United States.
Retired U.S. Marine Gen. John F. Kelly will be President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for chief of the Department of Homeland Security. In a recent interview, Kelly said he believes U.S. drug policy should focus on reducing demand, and he also said medical marijuana has a legitimate medicinal purpose.
On Nov. 23, 2016, Canopy Growth Corporation (TSX:CGC) announced that Bedrocan Canada, one of its subsidiaries, had completed its first export of cannabis to South America, shipping 10 kg of dried cannabis to Brazil for the research and development of cannabis-based therapeutics in the country.
Cannabis was around long before anyone decided to profit from it. It has a rich history of geography that informs its position in agriculture, the economy, politics and medicine.
Uruguay doesn’t want marijuana tourists flocking to its shores for cheap pot. Instead, the small South American nation hopes that its status as the only country to fully regulate the cannabis industry will turn it into a magnet for investment in medical and other applications of the plant.
On May 6, 2014, President Jose Mujica led Uruguay to become the first country to declare cannabis legal within a framework of regulations that makes policies in Washington and Colorado seem like something dreamed up at pot parties. Every Uruguayan consumer must register to remain within the system, and choose one of three ways to access their cannabis.