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House passes law on medical cannabis

The House plenum on Friday voted into law a bill regulating the cultivation and distribution of medical cannabis.

The law regulates the import of cannabis seeds and plants, the cultivation, production, import and export of pharmaceutical cannabis and its use for research for medical purposes.

It also reportedly provides regulations for galenical preparations for medical or pharmaceutical production, and for free provision of medical cannabis to eligible patients.

According to initial information, the bill provides for the granting of two licences only, valid for 15 years, after which they can be renewed. They will be granted to private companies, which will grow the medical cannabis and then distribute it to pharmacies.

Prior to the coming into force of the National Health Scheme (Gesy), the product will be available only from state pharmacies.

Once Gesy is in place, medical cannabis would also be available for distribution to private pharmacies.
 

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