Panama’s National Legislative Assembly approved a bill legalizing medical cannabis in a unanimous vote of 40 to zero. Thus, the country will become the first in Central America to regulate the medicinal use of cannabis. However, the new regulations must be approved by Panamanian President Laurentino Cortizo. In this regard, activist Carlos Ossa warned: “Until the new law is approved we will continue in the same situation: forced to commit illegalities out of necessity and we will continue to be exposed to the illegal market where there are no guarantees.” As reported by Ciudad Cannabis, the new legislation creates a regulatory framework that allows “monitored and controlled” access to medical cannabis and its derivatives. In addition, the law creates the National Program for the Study of the Medicinal Use of Cannabis and its Derivatives to promote research and develop educational campaigns addressed to the population. The new regulation establishes that only seven licenses for the manufacture of cannabis derivatives will be granted.
Mmp News Author, Medical Marijuana Program Connection, 09/01/2021 09:10:00