By Steve Elliott
Parliamentarians from the Health Commission of the Chamber of Deputies in Chile met on Monday with Interior Minister Jorge Burgos to discuss details of the proposed decriminalization of marijuana.
The move would originally have amended the Health Code and Law 20.000 to allow the cultivation of up to six cannabis plants per person, the use of marijuana for therapeutic and recreational purposes, and the possession of up to 10 grams for private consumption, reports Paul Cádiz at T13.
The government's latest proposal would reduce the number of plants to four per household, and would also decrease the maximum possession limi to four grams of cannabis for private consumption.
Some lawmakers also raised the possibility of establishing cannabis clubs such as those in Uruguy, to help combat the problem of underage consumption.
"We must continue to explore positions," said Marco Antonio Nunez of the PPD. "We have not reached agreement, but we will continue to discuss."
"It took us a year and a half to get to this meeting; it is a big step forward," Nunez said.
According to Juan Luis Castro, the government presented deputies with six points which they believe are necessary:
1. A fine distinction between consumers and traffickers.