The Ministry of Health, headed by Mónica García, plans to approve "soon" the regulation of the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes, a measure that has been pending for some time and that has the support of the coalition government. This has been confirmed by Ministry sources, who have indicated that they already have a draft Ministerial Order prepared by the State Agency of Medicines and Health Products (AEMPS).
The draft establishes a "very protective" regulation, which treats cannabis as a medicine and is based on scientific evidence. Before publishing the Ministerial Order, the Ministry will hold a round of meetings with the groups involved, especially the Medical Cannabis Observatory, to gather their contributions and assessments.
The exact date of approval of the regulation is not yet known, but it is expected to be "in the coming months." Once in force, medical cannabis will have to be prescribed by medical specialists and can be used to relieve pain in certain diseases or pathologies.
This initiative is part of Sumar's program, which defends a "full regulation" of cannabis and the model of non-profit, self-consumption cannabis associations, decriminalizing production and self-consumption. Sumar also supports the legalization of cannabis for medicinal purposes, which is in the process of being approved in 2024.