The Uruguayan government passed legislation in 2013 that decriminalized marijuana for recreational consumption by adults but the law wasn’t officially implemented until February of this year.

But now Uruguay’s government is advocating for the research of marijuana in regards to whether or not it offers any medicinal benefits, according to Milton Romani, secretary-general of the National Drugs Board.

After participating in a teleconference with Israeli specialists, Romani came to the conclusion that Uruguay’s legal framework regarding marijuana “provides a comparative advantage” over other countries in respect to developing medical uses of the plant.

Although Israel is making miraculous strides in terms of medical marijuana research, the country’s current legal status of marijuana hinders their progress, according to Dr. Itai Gur-Arie, head of Sheba Pain Clinic in Israel.

While conceding to the fact that they lack conclusive studies, the Israeli participants in the abovementioned teleconference said that they feel they have collected enough specifics in order to signify the therapeutic usefulness of marijuana.

Michael Dor, medical adviser to the Israeli Health Ministry Cannabis Unit, said that some of the uses include mitigating pain and chemotherapy side effects in cancer patients, and certain cannabinoids found in marijuana can be administered to patients suffering with epilepsy in order to reduce the prevalence of seizures.

In addition to promoting the research of marijuana for medicinal use, Romani claims there will also be a number of interdisciplinary teams created in which to conduct the necessary research.

Press on and good wishes, Uruguay!