The Association of Medical Cannabis Growers in Northern Macedonia, Makkanabis, through a press conference held before the Government of the Republic of Northern Macedonia, called on the executive to allow cannabis flower exports, reports Anadolu Agency (AA).
Kostadin Dukovski, president of the Makkanabis Association, recalled that a government-approved bill on exports was withdrawn at a government meeting last Thursday, noting that there was no turning back for companies.
"On several occasions, in several press conferences, it has been said that the law will be changed, that the possibility of exporting the flower will be allowed. We have not seen that before. I would like to appeal to the Government to change [the law] as soon as possible; if nothing else, if it fails to pass the law as proposed, to change only one member," Dukovski said, adding that it is very important to enable export of flower.
He also explained that other countries that allowed cannabis cultivation for medicinal purposes allowed export of cannabis flower, and that companies in northern Macedonia were suffering daily losses because they did not have this opportunity.
Dukovski recalled that foreign companies investing millions of euros were present in the area and were promised that the law would be amended, adding that the health minister had said so in several occasions.
The association announced protests if amendments to the law were not approved within 7 days.
"I don't see the reason for not allowing the flower to be exported. For some trials and some medical research, the flower is the final product, "Dukovski said.
The association also informed that in consultation with national and international lawyers it is considering the possibility of taking legal action against the Government of Northern Macedonia.