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Oct 20, 2017 1:48 PM

Peru Congress passes bill to legalize medical marijuana

LIMA (Reuters) - Peru’s conservative Congress passed a bill to legalize medical marijuana late on Thursday with a 68-5 vote in favor of allowing cannabis oil to be produced, imported and commercialized.


FILE PHOTO: People participate in a protest in favour of the legalization of medical marijuana outside the Interior Ministry in Lima, Peru March 1, 2017. The sign reads: "Give me back my medicine, do not let me die". Picture taken March 1, 2017. REUTERS/Guadalupe Pardo

President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski had proposed the measure after police cracked down on a group of mothers making cannabis oil in a makeshift laboratory to treat their epileptic children.

Regulations for producing and commercializing cannabis oil will be written in 60 days, ruling party lawmaker Alberto Belaunde said.

“Thousands of patients and their family members will have hope and a better quality of life,” said Belaunde.

Peru’s neighbors Chile and Colombia have already legalized marijuana for medical purposes. Uruguay has fully legalized growing and selling marijuana for any use.

Reuters
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