Senate Committee Approves Medical Marijuana Bill

A key Senate committee in Brazil approved a bill to allow the use and cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes Nov. 28, 2018.

The measure, which was caused in response to an online citizen-led request that obtained about 119,000 signatures, would remove criminal penalties for developing, possessing, and consuming cannabis for patients who receive prescriptions from doctors.

The Senate’s Social Affairs Committee signed off about the laws, but before the full Senate has to vote, it will also have to pass in the Commission on Constitution and Justice. If the bill does be approved by the Senate, it has to be reviewed by the Chamber of Deputies.

Clearly, even if the bill does make its way past all legislative hurdles, it could face another obstacle: Brazil’s President-elect Jair Bolsonaro, who’s against legalization, and it has pledged to enforce harsh anti-drug legislation .

You can read the initial text of the laws in Portuguese on Marijuana Moment’s Scribd webpage .

In a letter expressing support for the bill, Brazilian Democratic Movement (MDB) Sen. Marta Suplicy of São Paulo said evidence shows that cannabis can effectively deal with a wide assortment of conditions — from pain to epilepsy — and she stressed the importance of taking the problem seriously.

“More than anything, we need to empathize and place ourselves in the place of another. In this way we can, as legislators, defend the true basis of health care, which is to mitigate human suffering. ”

Brazil loosened its marijuana laws in 2006, but possession is still punishable by community service and involvement in a drug education program, no matter whether cannabis is used for therapeutic purposes.

Separately, the leader of Brazil’s Workers’ Party in the lower congressional chamber introduced a bill earlier this year that would totally legalize cannabis in the country. That legislation would establish a commercial marijuana market and allow people to grow up to six plants for personal use.

This guide was republished from Marijuana Moment under a content syndication agreement. Read the first article here.

Released at Sat, 01 Dec 2018 17:00:17 +0000

Posted in: News

Comments are closed.