Costa Rica: Bill to legalize medical cannabis headed to Congress

On November 30th, the Constitutional Chamber of Costa Rica stated that it did not find any unconstitutional defects in a bill that aims to legalize the production and sale of hemp and medical cannabis. Thus, the initiative can be discussed and voted on soon in Congress.

After the resolution of the Constitutional Chamber, the Executive Branch decided to "immediately present the call for this initiative in the special sessions, so that, once the integral sentence arrives, it can proceed with its knowledge." At present, Congress is in a period of special sessions, in which the Executive Branch is the one that calls the bills to be analyzed, discussed, and voted by the deputies. 

The law will allow Costa Rican authorities to grant licenses for the production and industrialization of cannabis for medical or therapeutic purposes. In addition, the law would allow cultivation, production, industrialization, and commercialization of hemp or non-psychoactive cannabis and its products or by-products.

Read the complete article (in Spanish) at dw.com.


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