Congratulations Chile on a huge leap forward in marijuana reform. A bill was passed on Tuesday by the lower house of congress that decriminalizes marijuana in Chile. The bill was approved 68 in favor and 39 against and met by cheers from the crowd.
South America is making big changes to lessen the consequences for marijuana countrywide. Until now, planting, selling and transporting cannabis has been punishable by up to 15 years in prison. So decriminalization is a welcome change for many.
Countries like Uruguay are paving the way in South America. Uruguay recently legalized marijuana for recreational use. Chile’s bill will successfully decriminalize marijuana use for personal use and cultivation. This is what Chile would allow as the bill stands.
- Chilean residents can possess up to 10 grams of cannabis
- You will be permitted to grow up to six marijuana plants
These guidelines may be temporary and the bill has not yet become law. A health committee must review the bill and push it through to the lower house for another vote. In this voting session they will vote on individual aspects of the bill. When they conclude voting, the bill will be pushed to the Senate.
This vote is a huge milestone for Chile. Earlier this year Santiago, Chile’s capital, was home to the first marijuana farm in South America. With a country looking for change, Chile is finding itself at the forefront of marijuana legalization in South America.
President Michelle Bachelet’s leftist coalition, told reporters “It is a historic day for medicinal users who wish to stop being persecuted and be able to access a medicine that they can grow in their gardens.”
Has Marijuana Consumption Increased In Chile In Recent Years?
It seems that Chileans have embraced cannabis. Recent surveys suggest that marijuana consumption in Chile is higher than the rest of the region. Naturally this has led to increased support for marijuana legalization in the country. Many consider Chile to be one of Latin America’s most conservative countries.
With social attitudes changing, left-wing governments must adapt. They have been taking small steps towards a more liberal path, such as legalizing gay marriage. Do you think the bill to decriminalize marijuana in Chile will make it through the senate? Let us know in the comments below.