By Franca Quarneti, via El Planteo.
A subcommittee on medicinal cannabis from the Spanish Congress has approved a final report that will regulate the therapeutic use of the plant.
Spanish representatives seek to ensure the availability of cannabis drugs and theirs dispensing in pharmacies.
The report was supported by various political parties and coalitions such as the ruling Socialist Party of Spain (PSOE), United We Can, Citizens, the Basque Nationalist Party and the Catalan Democratic Party. Although some of the main political parties, such as Esquerra Republicana in the province of Catalonia and the Basque nationalist party Bildu, did not vote in favor of the project.
Meanwhile, conservative and far-right parties like the Popular Party i Vox voted against approving the report.
A breakthrough for patients with MMJ in Spain
As reported by ABC, the Spanish Medicines Agency (Spanish Medicines Agency) will be in charge of adjusting the current regulations to the recommendations of the congressional subcommittee.
The subcommittee estimates that cannabis for medicinal use will be available in pharmacies in Spain before the end of the year.
“The dispensing of master formulas with extracts or preparations of standardized cannabis should be done with the network of pharmacies in the health system, preferably in hospital pharmacies and exploring the alternative of community pharmacies that can meet the requirements,” according to the report.
Who can access medical cannabis?
Those with multiple sclerosis, some forms of epilepsy, and chemotherapy-induced nausea, endometriosis, carcinogenic pain, and chronic noncancerous pain (including neuropathic pain) will be eligible for medical marijuana. These categories may be extended to other therapeutic uses after consistent scientific studies.
Besidesthe political parties reached an agreement on the use of the cannabis flower for the development of experimental medicinal projects, a central demand of Spanish cannabis consumers.
Despite this great step forward, the text emphasizes this “Increased availability and consumption” of non-medicinal marijuana should be avoided.
“The use of cannabis extracts or preparations should not be confused with a generic invocation of the general use of cannabis by the population,” said the Spanish representatives. In other words, no recreational cannabis.
Therefore, the subcommittee recommended that the situation be assessed annually.
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