Medical Cannabis Legalization Bill Signed Into Law by Paraguay President

Legislation legalizing medical cannabis in Paraguay has been signed into law by President Horacio Cartes.

President Horacio Cartes signing the medical cannabis bill into law.

President Cartes’ signature on the bill comes a little over a month after it was overwhelmingly approved by the nation’s Congress.

The new law legalizes the medical use of cannabis and cannabis oils, removing the plant from the nation’s most dangerous drugs list. Production will be locally regulated, and imports on medical cannabis oils will be allowed. Qualified patients will need to registered with the Ministry of Public Health’s National Mandatory Registry of Users of Products Derived.

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Medical Cannabis Bill Approved by Paraguay Congress

A bill to create a legal system to import marijuana seeds and grow the plant for medical uses has been approved by Paraguay’s Congress.

On Tuesday Paraguay’s Congress overwhelmingly approved legislation to establish a system allowing marijuana seeds to be imported and grown for medical use. The voted comes roughly seven months after officials authorized the importing of marijuana oil, with oversight given to the nation’s health ministry.

“We are very happy because this will also allow for the import of seeds for oil production,” says Roberto Cabanas, vice president of Paraguay’s medicinal cannabis organization. Cabanas daughter has Dravet syndrome which has required their family to pay hundreds of dollars each month to import cannabis oil.

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