Concerns persist over Cyprus' medical cannabis hub plans

While stakeholders generally recognise the real need some patients have for medical cannabis, a number of concerns need to be overcome before legislation on its cultivation on the island, export and use is passed in Cyprus.

The House Health Committee discussed the issue on Thursday with Health Minister George Pamboridis, who has been advocating Cyprus as the ideal place for the cultivation of medical cannabis for domestic use and export, asking stakeholders “to consider the matter as if it were a development work”.

As well as noting the project’s potential benefits for the local economy, he also stressed the benefits of medical cannabis “for patients who have no other choice and are suffering”.

In favour of Pamboridis’ efforts are the Pancyprian Federation of Patients’ Associations and Friends, a representative of which at the Committee meeting told MPs “Now there are people in pain and turning to dealers who are taking...

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