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Peru – medical marijuana closer to being recognized as a legal remedy

By on September 19, 2017

The legalization of weed is one step closer with the latest proposal soon to be debated by the congress

The first steps of making cannabis a legal medicinal plant were taken when officials here decided to allow the production and import of marijuana for different health-related treatments.

Now, the new bill comes after mothers in the country were found to regularly use the plant for treating their ill children.

The intention of decriminalizing the use of the plant was brought into discussion by the Congressional Committee on National Defense and will attend the attention of the full congress that will vote for a final decision. The new legislation is also supported by the Peruvian President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski.

The authorities have been lobbied by parents and NGO’s for years in order for the change to happen, as among parents in Peru the habit of secretly growing weed and treat their children’s illnesses with cannabis oil is a common habit. Epilepsy is one of the diseases mothers chose to use marijuana oil for.

According to a recent Ipsos poll, 65 per cent of the country’s citizens support the legalization of weed for medical purposes.

If the law will be adopted, Peru will join the legislation shared by Chile, Colombia and Mexico. On the other hand, Uruguay fully adopted marijuana as a legal plant, for both medical and recreational use.

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