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Argentine Congress Ready to Approve Medicinal Marijuana

The Chamber of Deputies of the Argentine Congress will discuss Wednesday a bill that will allow the use of cannabis oil for medical treatments.

The initiative, if approved by the block of forces that supports the government of Mauricio Macri and a faction of the opposition, would allow the use of cannabis oil to combat diseases such as epilepsy, chronic pain and fibromialgia, among others.

The project implements the creation of a regulatory framework for medical and scientific research on the medicinal use of the cannabis plant and its derivatives.

Also, it is mandated that the National Administration of Medicines, Food and Medical Technology (Anmat) approves the importation of cannabis oil “when it is required by patients who require medical treatments included in the program, have the collaboration of medical professionals, and it shall be provided free of charge.”

The project also creates a voluntary national registry of patients and relatives...

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