“Brazilian California”, Paraíba Plants Marijuana for 2,500 Patients

High walls, electric fences, surveillance cameras, biometric identification. Those who travel through the Ipês neighborhood, in the northern zone of João Pessoa (PB), have no idea that there are other, previously unthinkable, flowers there.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - In a plain white structure, 2,458 marijuana plants grow in greenhouses and then their flowers become oils, sprays, and ointments based on two types of cannabinoids: THC (tetrahydrocannabinol) and CBD (Cannabidiol).

The environment is controlled by Abrace Esperança, the only patient association in Brazil that is legally authorized to grow marijuana for medicinal purposes. The products are released on prescription by 210 doctors in the country.

In two and a half years, the . . .

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