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Largest Medicinal Marijuana Farm in Latin America Inaugurated
   2016-01-20 19:17:51    Xinhua      Web Editor: Guan Chao

An undated photo shows thousands of people appeal for the legalization of marijuana planting in Chile. [Photo: gb.cri.cn]

The largest medicinal marijuana farm in Latin America has been formally inaugurated in Chile, marking another step in the region's growing acceptance of the formerly illegal plant's therapeutic uses.

The 69-hundered -stalk plantation will help treat some 4-thousand patients from across the country.

Karen Rojo, the independent mayor of Antofagasta, expressed her openness to the budding movement.

"If this has shown on the international stage that it has a positive effect in the treatment of pain, among other things, good, we aren't going to limit access to this only to Chileans."

However, Veronica Gaete of the Medical College in Chile voiced her opposition to the movement.

"Let's be responsible, let's be true and honest in terms of what scientific evidence shows. And not listen to deceptive publicity campaigns, which say this is useful in many ways, a panacea for many things, because that's not the case."

Organizers of the project hope to harvest 1.5 tons of marijuana between March and May under the supervision of the government's agricultural service.

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