Peru’s Congress overwhelmingly approved a medical marijuana bill that also has the support of President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, putting the country in line to become the latest in Latin America to legalize some form of cannabis.
The bill, approved Thursday, allows the cultivation of medical cannabis, as well as the production, commercialization, and importation of cannabis oil, according to Reuters.
Once the bill is signed, government regulators will have 60 days to create regulations, according to news reports.
Kuczynski came out in favor of medical marijuana legislation in February after police raided a home cannabis oil lab run by mothers making the medicine for children with cancer, epilepsy and other ailments, malayonline.com said.
Other South American countries with legalized cannabis include Brazil, Chile and Colombia while Uruguay has legalized recreational cannabis.