Without the signature of Governor Augustus Jaspert, medical cannabis legislation can’t be formally adopted.
After a historic session, the bill heads to the Chamber of Deputies. And while the president’s position is unclear, the Supreme Court has required legalization by December 15.
That is, “unless that legislation is appropriate for securing the attainment of the objective of protecting public health.”
Three Senate commissions approved a draft legalization bill, and a formal vote is expected on Wednesday to send the bill to the Senate floor. Lawmakers have until December 15 to meet the Supreme Court deadline to legalize.
President Alberto Fernández issued a decree that also allows for access to medical cannabis products, if patients have a doctor’s prescription.
Supporters of the bill argued that cannabis regulation is an alternative to the failed war on drugs, while opponents focused on the potential negative health effects.
While the final count won’t be released until November 6, early results released on October 30 show that only 46 percent of voters support the referendum.
This week, the government approved a bill to remove penalties for possession of up to 28 grams of cannabis, while looking to create revenue from cannabis.
Pavel Pachta, the former Deputy Secretary of the International Narcotics Control Board, focused his Cannabis Law Institute keynote on the United Nations vote on cannabis this December.
The referendum took place on October 17, but the final results won’t be announced until November 6.
In advance of the October 17 referendum, researchers released results of two high-quality long-term studies on how citizens use cannabis—and how it affects their health and lives.
The United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs will vote on World Health Organization recommendations that would loosen some restrictions on cannabis.
After three years of delays, the country’s regulations appeared ready to go into effect in September. Now, medical cannabis patients are looking at January.
In various ways, and in various nations, leaders are looking for ways to clean up the illicit market or try out medical use.
Lawmakers in hard-hit Colombia, Mexico, and Paraguay see big benefits if leaders don’t tarry.