Peru passes legislation to legalize medical marijuana

On October 19, 2017, Peru’s conservative Congress passed a bill to legalize medical uses of marijuana with 68-5 vote in favour. This legislation was proposed by Preu’s President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski after police cracked down on a group of mothers making cannabis oil in a makeshift laboratory to treat their children suffering from epilepsy, a neurological disorder  In next 60 days, Peruvian lawmakers will finalise the regulations for producing and commercializing cannabis oil.  It is to be noted that Peru’s neighbouring countries, Chile and Colombia have already legalized marijuana for medical purposes. Another South American country, Uruguay has fully legalized growing and selling marijuana for any use.

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