Spain looks at legalizing medicinal cannabis

Spain is set to become the latest European country to decriminalize the use of cannabis for medicinal use, with some eyeing a route for Europe’s biggest illegal cannabis growing nation to become the hub of a legal industry.

As law enforcement gets to grip with “hemp fever,” with legitimate farmers falling foul of strict rules on which part of the plant can be sold, a parliamentary commission is to consider legalizing the use of the drug to treat conditions like multiple sclerosis or epilepsy.

In recent years, a series of European countries have taken the same measure, including France, Italy, Germany, Romania, and the Czech Republic. In the United States, 37 states have also decriminalized the drug for specific medical use, while 19 have gone further for recreational use.

The Spanish proposal is likely to garner support from the Socialist government, their junior far-left coalition partner Unidas Podemos and a series of smaller regional parties. However, it is likely to face fierce opposition from the conservative opposition People’s Party and the hard-right Vox party.

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