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Chile was the First Country in Latin America to Start Selling Cannabis in Pharmacies

Cannabis in pharmacies

From May this year, a pilot program was launched in Chile to start selling cannabis in Pharmacies.

In Chile recreational use of cannabis is still illegal. However, currently, possessing no more than a quarter of an ounce is decriminalised – some may say they’ve always been a cannabis-friendly country. A citizen may even grow weed if they can prove that it is being cultivated exclusively for personal consumption and in the short term. Buying, selling, and transporting cannabis remains illegal. It is also illegal to consume cannabis in public. But now you’ll be able to buy your medical cannabis in pharmacies across Chile.

Chile Medical Cannabis Status Timeline

On the medical front, Chile is much more proactive. Chile has been planting and cultivating cannabis for medical purposes since 2014. In December 2015 Chilean President Michelle Brachelet signed a measure legalising the use of medical cannabis. The measure moved marijuana from the list of hard drugs and re-categorizes it as a soft drug, on the same list as alcohol. The measure also permits Cannabis in pharmacies.

Moving forward to 2016, Chile opened the largest medical marijuana farm in Latin America. The projected harvest between March and May of 2016 was approximately 1.66 tons of cannabis – enough to roll approximately 30 million joints. The harvest will go to treat 4,000 patients for free. Some of the harvest will also be dedicated for use by universities and laboratories to test marijuana-based therapies for medicinal purposes. Specifically, the research will test the efficacy of cannabis in treating cancer, chronic pain, and epilepsy.

The Chilean Congress is also debating a bill that will allow citizens to grow their own plants. It has been approved by congress in July but still needs to be approved by the health commission and the Senate.

Chile Became the First Country to Sell Medical Cannabis in Pharmacies

Chile also became the first Latin American country to sell cannabis-based medicines in pharmacies. The pilot program, which was launched back in May in the Chilean capital city of Santiago, will make the T100 and TC100 chronic pain relief medicines available. The product is produced in Canada and exported to Chile.

The program is a partnership between Chile’s Alef Biotechnology and Canada’s Tilray and is conducted under the supervision of Chile’s National Health Institute.

The president of Alef Biotechnology Roberto Roizman said that they will evaluate the viability of the program after six months. The evaluation will determine if the product can be produced in Chile and exported.

The cost of the treatment will cost $310 and last for about a month.

There is pushback, however, as some pharmacies are refusing to sell the medical marijuana products. They are citing security concerns, increased paperwork, and opposition from customers. So far, only 50 of 1,200 pharmacies are registered. One pharmacy owner, Marcelo Trujillo, says he sees no need to compete with those already selling weed in the neighbourhood.

If you do decide to get your cannabis in pharmacies in Chile, do not expect to be able to vape it. While vaporising is the best way to get all of the active cannabinoids, using a vape pen remains illegal in Chile.

Chile’s example is being copied by other countries. Uruguay followed suit in July of this year but took their legalization a step further and completely legalized recreational marijuana. All it takes is a simple visit to the pharmacy.

Keep in mind, however, that if you want to smoke pot recreationally, you are going to have to register with the government and have your fingerprint scanned every time you buy. The intention is to regulate the sale of the drug to prevent overindulgence.

Uruguay, a small South American nation that is known for its low crime rates is the first industrialised nation in the world to legalize the consumption of cannabis for recreational use nationwide, high standard of living and political stability.

Argentina is not Far Behind

Argentina is yet another South American nation that joined the cannabis club. Back in March of this year, Argentina’s senate gave final legislative approval to a bill that legalized the use of cannabis oil and other derivatives for medical purposes. The regulatory framework was established for the state to begin prescribing the medicine and distributing it to patients.

The legislation also creates a medical marijuana research program at the country’s health ministry. Patients who join the program must be guaranteed free access to cannabis oil and other derivatives.

As more and more industrialized nations look towards the legalization of medical and recreational marijuana, little by little misconceptions about marijuana are breaking and it is paving the framework for other countries to do the same. Canada has upcoming legislation taking effect in July of 2018 that will legalize recreational cannabis nationwide. United States lawmakers are now calling for the reclassification of marijuana to a lower schedule, which will decriminalize the drug and allow for more medical testing.

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Cannabis Oil Scammers: How Prohibition Protects Fraudsters and Thieves

Let’s take a look at how as a direct result of prohibition the UK cannabis scene is littered with cannabis oil scammers, confidence men, criminals, thieves and other nefarious individuals out to make themselves rich off of the backs of patients and consumers.

Unfortunately, it happens daily under prohibition. People in the community can be seen discussing it at length via Social Media – talking about times that they have been conned and that they know or suspect someone in the community of wrong doing and being involved for all the wrong reasons. We’re not just talking about cannabis oil scammers here, but all sorts of unscrupulous behaviours which we will discuss in detail below.

You know, the sort of behaviour that leads far too frequently to online Witch Hunts that devolve into immature behaviour that frankly reflects poorly on the community as a whole.

Cannabis Consumers Come from All Walks of Life

When you think of a cannabis consumer, what sort of person comes to mind?

Far from the stoner stereotype, cannabis consumers come from all walks of life.

That’s the theme I wanted to explore in today’s video for the ISMOKE YouTube Channel.

Cannabis Heroes : Tottenham Compassion Club

tottenham compassion club

One of our reporters has launched a video series all about UK cannabis heroes.

In this new video series produced for Medical Marijuana UK, Miles Casey explores some of the UK cannabis heroes putting themselves on the line for patients.

Miles recently attended one of the TTCC awareness events where he got the footage for this video.

Mexico has legalised medical cannabis!

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto issued a decree this week, legalising medical cannabis across the country.

Cannabis has been illegal in Mexico since 1920, but decriminalised since 2009.

Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto

The case of Mexico is an excellent one for the worldwide anti-prohibition movement, as the Mexican President was once extremely opposed to drug legalisation.

However, his opinions clearly changed, and he told the 2016 United Nations General Assembly Special Sessions in April 2016. “We must move beyond prohibition to effective prevention.”

Peña Nieto tried to pass a cannabis bill last year but was defeated in Congress.

Although this Medical Cannabis bill passed back in November, the decree was finally issued this week, bringing the law into effect.

The new law eliminates the criminalisation of the medicinal use of cannabis, THC, CBD, and all cannabis derivatives, as well as legalising the production and distribution of cannabis for medicinal and therapeutic uses.

However, like any progress, it is fraught with challenges – currently only up to 1% THC is considered permitted and Mexico’s Ministry of Health will be required to study the medicinal and therapeutic effects of cannabis before creating the framework for a medical infrastructure.

We’ll be keeping an eye on Mexico for further developments!

Barcelona, Amsterdam, Durham?

UK Cannabis Prices

When thinking of 420 friendly cities and hotspots for Cannabis activism around the world where comes to mind?

Denver, Seattle, Barcelona, Amsterdam… Durham? Could the land of Prince Bishops really become the UK’s Amsterdam?

This week on ISMOKE we take a closer look at how this northern county is leading the UK with its progressive drugs policies and focus on harm reduction and maximisation of the potential benefits that drugs can have on the consumer and the wider society.

Warrior Women: The mothers fighting to legalise cannabis to save their children

Few things in this world could ever match up to a mother’s love, and I am in no doubt that prohibition isn’t one of them.

This week on ISMOKE we meet the warrior women – the mothers of mercy desperately fighting to treat their children using cannabis and cannabis-derived medicinal products.

Too often these women who are not only having to fight against the odds, but their doctors, the law and even the very services that have been established to help heal and treat their offspring’s ailments and to protect their health.

History Made: Canada to legalise cannabis in 2018

  • Canada is set to fully legalise cannabis, including for recreational use.
  • Cannabis will become a federally controlled, legal, substance on ‘Canada Day,’ July 1 2018
  • Minimum age for purchase will be 18, as with alcohol
  • Canadians will be allowed to grow four plants per household.

There is some glorious news coming out of Canada this week! The North American state is set to take a historic step and legalise cannabis for recreational use, on a federal level, next year.

From the 1st July 2018, which is also Canada Day, cannabis will be available for legal purchase for everyone, over the age of 18, in Canada. This includes tourists, which could make Canada the new mecca of cannabis!

Clark French and Norman Baker talk Cannabis [Video]

In this video, Clark French speaks to Norman Baker about medical cannabis, the law and much more.

Were it not for Norman Baker, the truth on the UK’s failing drug policy would never have been published. Conservatives tried to sweep it under the carpet, but thanks to Norman, the truth is out there.

Israel makes move to “decriminalise cannabis”

Israel officially decriminalises cannabis
  • Israel’s cabinet passed a bill on Sunday decriminalising cannabis use in the country.
  • Cannabis still can’t be used in public, but incarceration will only be used if a person is caught reoffending 4 times.
  • However, country’s Green party say this is not enough – not true decriminalisation
  • In some ways laws have become more strict for first-time offenders.

Israel’s cabinet approved a proposal calling for the decriminalisation of the use of cannabis on Sunday 5 March.

The proposal, drafted by Public Security and Justice ministers, prevents first, second, or even third-time offenders caught with cannabis in public. Under new laws, they will instead face a fine, rather than jail time.

Washington House Votes Unanimously to Fully Legalise Hemp

Washington votes to legalise hemp

In the US, the Washington State House of Representatives has given approval to legislation that would explicitly legalise hemp, voting to pass the bill 98-0.

House Bill 2064 would exclude “industrial hemp from the definitions of “controlled substance” and “marijuana” for purposes of the uniform controlled substances act.”

If passed by the senate, this would make hemp legal in the same was as any other agricultural commodity e.g. corn or tomatoes, meaning that anybody would be free to grow hemp crops without registering with Washington State.

Marijuana and industrial hemp are seen differently by the US Government, and industrial hemp has already been given a small window of legal status in the US under the 2014 Farm Bill (Sec. 7606) which states:

“…an institution of higher education…or a state department of agriculture may grow or cultivate industrial hemp if…the industrial hemp is grown or cultivated for purposes of research conducted under an agricultural pilot program or other agricultural or academic research…”

The farm bill also established a statutory definition of “industrial hemp” as the plant Cannabis sativa L. and any part of such plant with a delta-9 tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) concentration of not more than 0.3% on a dry weight basis.

Under this new bill, prospective hemp growers in Washington would no longer need to register for a license to do so.

Before this bill is enacted it must first be passed to the Senate before going to the Washington state Governor Jay Inslee.

We will keep you updated with any developments.

Click here to read House Bill 2064.

Is the Trump administration about to jeopardise the 7-billion-dollar recreational cannabis industry?

  • Spokesman for White House Sean Spicer talks about a new crackdown on recreational cannabis
  • Trump pledged to respect states’ rights on marijuana during his campaign. This may signal a reversal on that promise.
  • Seven US States have legalised cannabis for recreational use
  • Cannabis is still illegal under Federal Law

Sean Spicer, Donald Trump’s Press Secretary, finally revealed the new President’s intention for recreational cannabis, and it’s not good.

Spicer seems to have hinted that the Trump administration will be aiming to crack down on the 8 States whose citizens democratically voted to legalise cannabis for recreational use.

Billy Caldwell’s mum: “fight for legal medicinal cannabis oil in Northern Ireland has been won”

Belfast Live is reporting that Medical Cannabis patient Billy Caldwell’s mum is now able to treat him in Northern Ireland with full-spectrum cannabis oil produced locally.

Billy suffers with intractable epilepsy, a seizure disorder in which a patient’s seizures fail to come under control with traditional treatment.

DEA: Cannabis is NOT a gateway drug

cannabis is not a gateway drug
  • The US DEA has finally removed inaccurate information about the apparent “dangers” of cannabis from its website this Monday
  • The change comes after cannabis advocacy group Americans for Safe Access successfully filed a legal petition calling for the DEA to remove incorrect claims

In one of the most unlikely U-turns of the year, the US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has removed false information about the supposed dangers of cannabis from its official government website.

Ireland set to legalise cannabis for specific medical conditions

ireland medical cannabis

By Miles Casey

  • A “milestone” report has recommend that medicinal cannabis should be made available to treat some patients
  • Patients with multiple sclerosis, severe epilepsy, or undergoing chemotherapy could be given cannabis despite some voicing safety fears

Simon Harris, Ireland’s Health Minister, has published the report announcing the programme for cannabis-based treatments. Ireland is now set to legalise the use of cannabis for treating specific medical conditions, following a report commissioned by the government said the drug could be given to some patients with certain illnesses. This is great news!