Costa Rica approves medicinal use of marijuana, overcomes presidential veto

The Costa Rican congress definitively approved a law that will allow the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes and hemp for industrial purposes, concluding three years of strong discussions on the subject.

A total of 35 of the 57 members of the Legislative Assembly authorized the proposal on Tuesday with some changes suggested by President Carlos Alvarado, who in January vetoed the law arguing reasons of Health and security.

“The project was left intact,” opposition lawmaker Rosa Volio told Reuters. “The (presidential) veto did not affect the integrity of this proposal that will bring investment, will generate jobwill allow access to millionaire markets and will reactivate the agricultural sector,” he added.

The new law seeks to boost the economy, hit by the coronavirus pandemic, and make it easier for patients to have access to therapeutic products derived from marijuana, which are currently marketed irregularly.

The approved project excludes the production and sale of the product for recreational purposes.

The legislation, which could be signed this week by Alvarado, also contemplates that all the plant’s producers register with health agencies and submit to the surveillance of the Costa Rican Institute on Drugs (ICD).

Since 2020, the Foreign Trade Promoter (Procomer), a public body of the Central American nation, had recommended entering the hemp industry and the production of marijuana derivatives for healing, food and textile purposes, given its growth in international markets. .

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