Medical marijuana gains ground in South America

Medical marijuana gains ground in South America

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Copyright: Panos Argentina, Colombia and Uruguay legalise cultivation, sale and manufacture of derivatives Patients of certain neurological diseases and cancers receive cannabis oil in Argentina Studies suggest at least 45 different pathologies would respond to cannabis treatment [Buenos Aires] Three South American countries have issued policies to regulate cannabis use for medical or recreational purposes. In recent weeks, moves that see the region taking firm steps forward to legalise the controversial plant. The move also opens new opportunities for research into its therapeutic and pharmacological properties. But the measures are still the subject of debate among scientists, who have mixed views about legalisation and the need for clinical trials as well as control measures. To date, research has shown that at least 45 different pathologies do not respond to conventional medicine , but they respond to cannabis. Colombia and Argentina have issued policies to regulate the cultivation and marketing of the plant, as well as the manufacture of derived products. Uruguay’s policies cover recreational use of the plant — after more than three years of study, the government announced last month (April 6) that as of July, it will enable the sale of cannabis in pharmacies. Chile, Jamaica and Puerto Rico have also approved medicinal use of the plant in recent years, while in Mexico a congressional debate on the issue is still pending. People who want to buy cannabis in Uruguay must register, from May 2 nd , at the offices of Uruguayan Mail. Anyone can buy up to 10 grams per week, with a limit of 40 grams per month, at a cost of US$ 1.30 per gram. Users will be identified by their fingerprints, with a device showing the pharmacist if the buyer is authorised and how much they can buy. It is estimated that, initially, […]

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