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Chile allows medical marijuana use: One woman's story




A cannabis plant is seen in a house of Montevideo on April 25, 2014. In last December, Uruguay became the first country in the world to regulate the market of sales of cannabis and its derivatives in an plan considered a bold experiment by authorities frustrated with losing resources to fighting drug trafficking.
A cannabis plant is seen in a house of Montevideo on April 25, 2014. In last December, Uruguay became the first country in the world to regulate the market of sales of cannabis and its derivatives in an plan considered a bold experiment by authorities frustrated with losing resources to fighting drug trafficking.
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Voters in several states are deciding marijuana initiatives Tuesday.

In Alaska and Oregon there are measures that would legalize recreational use.

And if Florida voters approve Amendment 21, it will become the 24th state to allow medical marijuana.

This movement to end restrictions on pot isn't limited to the U.S. In Uruguay, marijuana sale and possession is legal.

And Chile is now allowing cultivation for medical use. It's also allowed a Chilean woman, who is terminally ill, to import a cannabis-based medicine from Europe.

The BBC's Gideon Long has this report.



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