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Peruvian Congress Votes in Favor of Medical Marijuana

The Congress of Peru Thursday approved a bill that authorizes the medicinal and therapeutic use of cannabis and its derivatives in the country.

The proposal received 67 votes in favor, 5 against and 3 abstained of the full legislative, which allowed the bill to be enacted by the executive without going through the second voting session as required by law.

The bill will legalize the medicinal use of marijuana and its derivatives, such as cannabis oil, to alleviate the symptoms of diseases such as cancer, epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease.

Congressman Alberto de Belaunde, who was the advocate of the proposal, said that, once the bill is promulgated, the government will have 60 days to work on the regulations.

De Belaunde added that this document must be published in advance so that all citizens will have access to its content and send suggestions and proposals.

“We achieved it. Historic moment for Congress and the country: Legal medicinal cannabis,” De Belaunde wrote on his Twitter account.

The proposal was endorsed Thursday by Congressman Ricardo Narvaez, president of the Congressional Health Commission, which had already approved the project earlier in October. [Read more at Al Dia News]

 

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