Costa Rica is “this” close to allowing the use of medical cannabis, given that the legislative bill was already approved in the first debate and the Constitutional Court said in November that it did not find defects of constitutionality in the bill. But it wasn’t until last week that the full document of the resolution was published.
The bill now requires discussion in the Legislative Assembly and voting in second and final debate to which, if approved, could soon become law. However, President Carlos Alvarado has planted doubt to what he will do, sign it or veto it, if and when the bill lands on his desk.
President Alvarado said that when the time comes, they will evaluate whether to veto (or not) the law that would allow medical cannabis in Costa Rica. “The Government is waiting for a second debate to take place. Based on this, with the Health authorities, we will review the final text before issuing a decision. That is what it will be up to us to do,” said the president.
The legislation in question not only enables the hemp industry but also the use of cannabis for therapeutic purposes, authorizing the production of cannabis plants – including those with THC.
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