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(CNN Spanish) -
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The president of Panama, Laurentino Cortizo, sanctioned this Wednesday the law that authorizes the medicinal and therapeutic use of cannabis and its derivatives.
This project, which had five years of discussion in the National Assembly, creates a regulatory framework that allows the use and monitored and controlled access of medicinal cannabis and its derivatives for therapeutic, medical, veterinary, scientific and research purposes in the national territory. according to a statement from the Presidency.
In those 5 years, consensus was not reached due to commercial, licensing and regulatory issues, but mainly because the Ministry of Health of the previous government, under the administration of Juan Carlos Varela (2014 - 2019), opposed the cultivation of cannabis in the country that now, according to the bill, is allowed but with regulations.
As the cultivation of marijuana was illegal in Panama until now, the new law regulates the evaluation, monitoring and control of import, export, cultivation, production, manufacturing and laboratory analysis activities, among others, for the proper use of seeds. authorized for the planting of the cannabis plant.
National Assembly of Panama approves law for the medicinal use of cannabis
In addition to the creation of a registry of persons authorized for consumption, the document makes it clear that the Ministry of Health will be in charge of issuing licenses for the import, acquisition and marketing, and prohibits the sale of products derived from medicinal cannabis to address or via internet in Panama.
Sandra Carrillo, from the Luces Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against epilepsy, told CNN that "it is a great day for all the patients who suffer so much and who are in need of this medicine. It was a very long road, but we are very grateful. "
Carrillo explained that medicinal cannabis will favor patients with refractory epilepsy, conditions related to multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, and chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting, among other pathologies in which medicinal cannabis, he says, is a great help.
At the time of the approval of the project in the National Assembly, Deputy Mayin Correa expressed her opposition, not to the law, but to the cultivation of cannabis in the country.
After the vote, he stated before the plenary that he agrees that "in Panama medicine can be imported whose origin is the positive substances of marijuana, what I strongly disagree with is that Panama becomes a massive planting of marijuana ".