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Ukrainische Gesetzgeber unterstützen die Legalisierung von medizinischem Cannabis

von NFI Redaktion

(Reuters) – Ukrainian lawmakers voted on Thursday to legalize the medical use of cannabis, after activists and supporters called for this step to treat millions of people, including soldiers wounded in the war with Russia.

The bill was supported by 248 lawmakers, wrote senior legislator Jaroslaw Zhelezniak on the Telegram messenger. The sale or delivery of cannabis for recreational use would still be a criminal offense.

Mariia Mezentseva, a lawmaker who advocated for the bill in parliament, said that medical cannabis is needed by 6 million Ukrainians, including cancer patients, civilians with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and wounded soldiers.

The war with Russia, which began in February 2022, has killed tens of thousands, destroyed settlements, and displaced millions of people from their homes. The fighting continues with no signs of ending soon.

The bill must be signed by President Volodymyr Zelensky before it becomes law. It would only take effect six months after its official publication.

Opposition lawmaker Yulia Tymoshenko, who served as prime minister from 2007 to 2010, staunchly opposed the law, arguing that recreational drug use in Ukraine would greatly increase.

The legislation would provide strict controls for the production of medical cannabis, including 24-hour video surveillance for police of licensed producers, said Zhelezniak.

Medications containing medical cannabis would only be available on electronic prescription under the bill, he said.

(Reporting by Yuliia Dysa; Text by Tom Balmforth; Editing by Jonathan Oatis)

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