North Macedonia’s new draft law on the control of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, which the government approved on Monday and will be sent to parliament soon, where is likely to be passed by the ruling majority, will enable exports of cannabis flowers for medical purposes.
This will allow producers to expand their exports beyond medicinal cannabis oil, the only product they have been allowed to profit from so far, and dried cannabis flowers, quantities of which they already have in storage, onto European and global markets.
The government insisted that all exports from North Macedonia will be carried in accordance with relevant international conventions and European legislation.
It also insisted that the draft legislation addresses growing concerns that some of the country’s legally-produced cannabis is ending up on the black market.
The draft envisages the formation of an Agency for Control of Cultivation and Extraction of Cannabis for medicinal purposes, which will carry out more frequent checks on production facilities.
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