Panama to become the first country in Central America to approve medical cannabis – English version
Panama is 90 days away from having the law ready and becoming the first country in Central America to allow the use of medical cannabis.
After a long journey led by activists who defend the legalization of cannabis for therapeutic and medicinal purposes, the National Legislative Assembly of Panama approved at the end of August a bill that would legalize this substance. Today, Panama is 90 days away from having the law ready that would make the country the first to regulate cannabis use in Central America.
The use of cannabis will be “for therapeutic, medical, veterinary, scientific and research purposes on the national territory”, according to the text approved in August. “This measure comes to the aid of hundreds of Panamanians who so far have not been able to acquire this drug in Panama,” said Leandro Ávila, official deputy of the Revolutionary Democratic Party (Social Democrat).
Following in the footsteps of countries like Mexico, a few months ago, or Uruguay, a pioneer in Latin America, Panama has promoted the project from the unicameral Assembly, led by Crispiano Adames, deputy of the ruling party.
Those who promoted this law seek to improve the quality of life of people with glaucoma, epilepsy, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, migraines, seizures and different types of pain, including cancer. Diseases that have been brought under control over the years through the use of medical cannabis.
The law will allow the import, export, cultivation, production and marketing of cannabis and its derivatives through a series of licenses granted by the Panamanian state, which will be carried out in designated areas with limited access and under a control system with surveillance cameras. Finally, only pharmaceutical companies or companies specializing in therapeutic services will be able to acquire and market it.
The cannabis industry promises to be booming in the region, and although it is currently nascent, it is strengthening in some countries that have already decided to regulate its development. (https://aldianews.com/articles/culture/social/panama-would-become-first-central-american-country-approve-medical-0)
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Last modification: November 5, 2021