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[May 11, 2017] SANTIAGO
(Reuters) - Pharmacies in Chile's capital Santiago will start selling
cannabis-based medicines this week, the first time such treatments have
been offered by drug stores in Latin America, the companies behind the
launch said on Wednesday.
Canadian cannabis producer and distributor Tilray said it had
partnered with local firm Alef Biotechnology, which is licensed by
the Chilean government.
Chile legalized the use of medical marijuana in 2015 and is among a
number of Latin American countries gradually loosening laws
prohibiting the cultivation, distribution and consumption of
"By importing Tilray's medical cannabis products to Chile we intend
to ease the suffering of those in need by offering pure, precise and
predictable medical cannabis products," Alef board president Roberto
Roizman said in a statement.
Tilray's T100 and TC100 products will be available at a number of
pharmacies in Santiago initially, under prescription. The average
sale price will be $310 for a treatment that lasts around a month, a
Up until this week, patients in Chile could only obtain medical
marijuana by importing it or from a limited number of dedicated
farms set up by a charity. Chile's Congress is debating a bill that
would allow people to grow their own plants.
Argentina and Colombia are following similar paths.
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Uruguay became a global pioneer when it legalized the cultivation,
distribution and consumption of marijuana in late 2013. Pharmacies
in the country will begin legal sales of recreational cannabis from
(Reporting by Antonio de la Jara, Writing by Rosalba O'Brien;
Editing by Andrew Hay)
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