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Costa Rica: Government stops legalization of medical cannabis

Legislators described the government’s arguments for not signing the bill on hemp and cannabis for medicinal and industrial uses as ‘regrettable’.

The Poder Ejecutivo (Executive Branch) is looking for a mechanism to fix the approved bill without the need to veto it, specifically in the article that refers to self-consumption.

Independent legislators, Zoila Volio, who presented the initiative, refuted the government’s justifications.

During the morning session on Monday, in the plenary, the head of the PAC legislative party bench, Laura Guido called on Carlos Alvarado to sign the approved bill, which legalizes not only the production and use of cannabis for medicinal purposes but also the production of hemp for industrial purposes.

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