Colombia’s medical cannabis infrastructure still in the works

Colombia, one of the latest countries to legalize medical marijuana, is still working toward a functional cannabis industry. But it’s getting there.

The largest company poised to take advantage of the new system is Canada-based PharmaCielo, which was awarded a business license to produce MMJ in Colombia last June. But according to the New York Times, the Colombian government is prepping to issue more MMJ business permits, and PharmaCielo “is looking to hire.”

According to the Times, PharmaCielo also:
  • Is taking advantage of a new peace deal between the Colombian government and longtime rebels that will likely open rural areas for cannabis cultivation.
  • Entered into an agreement for growing with a workers cooperative for local labor.
  • Is “testing strains of cannabis more potent that those the rebels ever controlled.”

Colombia legalized MMJ in late 2015, but sales have yet to commence.