On May 13, the health committee of Spain’s Congress of Deputies approved a proposal to create a subcommittee that will consider other countries’ experiences with medical cannabis. The subcommittee’s findings could pave the way for medical cannabis legalization in Spain. According to a recent poll, approximately 90% of Spaniards would favor such a move. Spain currently lacks a medical cannabis program at the national level. Two cannabis medications, Sativex and Epidiolex, have been approved by the regulator, but only for specified ailments; use to treat other conditions must be approved by a medical tribunal, subject to variations among localities. Moreover, costs can be prohibitive. The proposal to establish the subcommittee was tabled by the PNV (Basque Nationalist Party), which has emerged as a curious standard-bearer for medical cannabis. In keeping with its reputation as a conservative party, it is not calling for adult-use cannabis legalization, insisting on a focus on health issues. Meanwhile, it is expected that the leftist Unidas Podemos will soon unveil a cannabis bill.
Fred Rocafort, Canna Law Blog – Harris Bricken, 05/27/2021 10:09:00