Peru Congress passes bill to legalise medical marijuana
20 Oct 2017, 18:14
Lima: Peru’s conservative Congress passed a bill to legalize medical marijuana late on Thursday with a 68-5 vote in favour of allowing cannabis oil to be produced, imported and commercialised.
President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski had proposed the measure after police cracked down on a group of mothers making cannabis oil in a makeshift laboratory to treat their epileptic children.
Regulations for producing and commercializing cannabis oil will be written in 60 days, ruling party lawmaker Alberto Belaunde said.
‘Thousands of patients and their family members will have hope and a better quality of life,’ said Belaunde.
Peru’s neighbours Chile and Colombia have already legalized marijuana for medical purposes. Uruguay has fully legalized growing and selling marijuana for any use.