Argentina’s Senate votes to legalize medical marijuana

Argentina’s Senate voted unanimously to legalize medical marijuana, positioning the nation as the latest Latin American country with an MMJ program.

The Senate joins the lower house in approving the MMJ legislation. According to the Business Standard, Argentinian President Mauricio Macri is likely to sign the bill. It’s popular with patients and families and has cross-party support.

The legislation also removes a ban on the importation of cannabis oil, and Argentines will be allowed to purchase MMJ with a prescription, according to the Business Standard.

In Latin America, Argentina accompanies Uruguay, the first country in the world to legalize cannabis at every level. Colombia, Chile and Mexico have legalized MMJ, and Peru is working on its own MMJ legalization law.