Chile has allowed the planting of a 9,150 square-foot cannabis garden in the capital city. The marijuana grow operation is under heavy guard, it’s a one year probationary program that the Chilean government approved in response to the lobbying efforts of a very sick citizen.

Cecilia Heyder has had lupus for five years. According to the BBC, she was diagnosed with breast cancer a year and a half ago, which began her crusade to grow marijuana legally.

The plants will be harvested next April and turned into an oil which will be used as a painkiller for 200 cancer patients.

Much of the recent debate in the region over cannabis use has centred on Uruguay, which this year became the first country in the world to legalize the cultivation, sale and consumption of the drug.

But in Chile, the authorities have taken a different approach, permitting the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes only.