The Ukrainian Parliament has unblocked the signing of the medical cannabis bill, the opposition Holos (Voice) party MP Yaroslav Zheleznyak reported on Telegram on Jan. 16.

On Dec. 21, the Ukrainian parliament supported the bill on medical cannabis at the second reading. The Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) faction ultimately failed to stop the signing of the bill, which was approved by the 248 deputies of the Verkhovna Rada.

The bill will regulate the circulation of cannabis exclusively for medical, industrial, and scientific activities. Recreational use and distribution will remain a criminal offense.

The law was not fully supported by the opposition parties Batkivshchyna and European Solidarity. Batkivshchyna leader Yulia Tymoshenko, who has consistently opposed the initiative, said that the faction intends to appeal to the Constitutional Court to cancel the results of the vote because "the amendments to the bill were considered in a half-empty chamber."

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