The Russian parliament has passed a law that would allow the cultivation of psychoactive plants, including cannabis and opium poppies, for pharmaceutical purposes. The move aims to cover the country's needs for painkillers amid sanctions.
In a document from the Russian government attached to the law, there are 13 opium-based drugs registered in Russia that are being produced by state companies from imported ingredients.
Nine of these drugs are included in the list of lifesaving and most important medications.
The ban on growing psychotropic plants aims to ensure a supply of ingredients for these drugs.
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