The bill allowing citizens to grow up to six marijuana plants for personal use has been approved by the lower house of the Chilean Congress, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to BBC.
It will be allowed to grow marijuana for medical and religious purposes. The bill must now be approved by the Senate. Members of the lower house approved the bill by a wide margin, with 68 in favour and 39 against.
In October, as part of a test program approved by the government, one of Chile’s municipalities started to grow marijuana for medical purposes.
So far, the cultivation, sale and transportation of marijuana have been punished by imprisonment for up to 15 years.
In recent years, several countries have begun to lift restrictions on the use of marijuana for medical and personal purposes. In the U.S., more than 20 states allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes, and Colorado and Washington have legalized the use of marijuana completely.