Parliamentary committee clears medial cannabis bill

The Verkhovna Rada Committee on National Health recommended the draft law on medical cannabis for the second reading

Ukraine’s parliamentary Healthcare Committee has approved a second draft of a bill to legalize and regulate the use of medical cannabis in the country, Ukrainian MP and committee member Olga Stefanyshyna said in a Facebook post on Oct. 10.

“The Healthcare Committee has just recommended the medical cannabis bill for second reading [in the parliament]!” said Stefanyshyna.

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“Nearly a thousand amendments, dozens of hours of discussions with law enforcement, agricultural workers, MPs, and the public: we have done everything to ensure that patients can access medicine as soon as possible, and businesses have the opportunity to operate in Ukraine under clear and transparent oversight from the state.”

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According to Stefanyshyna, “medical cannabis [regulation] has never made this far in the history of Ukraine.”

“We’re anticipating the second reading, hoping that it will pass this time,” she added.

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On July 12, Ukraine’s National Security and Defense Council recommended to pass a law to legalize and regulate medical cannabis, emphasizing that Ukraine should adopt the best and most effective medical practices.

On July 13, 268 Ukrainian MPs supported the bill in initial reading.

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