APR. 2018 - CHILE (LATIN AMERICA AND THE CARIBBEAN: NEW LEADERS IN MEDICINAL CANNABIS REFORM)
According to the INCB,
the ‘licit use of cannabis has increased considerably since 2000.
Since then, more and more countries have started to use cannabis and/
or cannabis extracts for medical purposes, in addition to scientific
research. In 2000, total production was 1.3 tons; by 2015, it had
increased to 100.2 tons’.50 Reported requirements for 2017 indicate
further growth to nearly 160 tons.
The Chilean case is
different, although in some ways similar to the Uruguayan experience.
Although there was no reform of Law 20,000,63 patients needing
medicinal cannabis can access it via medical prescription (Decree 84
of the Institute for Public Health).64 In special circumstances,
cannabis-based medications can be authorised for import, applications
must be sent to the health authority handling registrations.
Aguilar, Víctor Gutiérrez, Lisa Sánchez, Marie Nougier, Medicinal
cannabis policies and practices around the world, International Drug
Policy Consortium, April 2018