Ukraine may legalize medical cannabis due to war effects on mental health

Ukraine's Health Minister Viktor Liashko announced on June 7 that the government had backed the bill that would legalize medical cannabis amid the war with Russia.

"We understand the negative effects of war on mental health. We understand the number of people who will need medical treatment due to this exposure. And we understand that there is no time to wait," he wrote on a Facebook post.
He also stressed those who campaign against the legalization of medical cannabis in Ukraine deliberately compare cannabis-based medicines with illegal cannabis to negate its medical value as a medicine and to discredit the idea of its use for medical purposes.

The bill aims to improve the quality of medical services for the population that undergoes palliative medicine and encourage medical research on cannabis.

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