Brazil approves medical marijuana rules, blocks cannabis cultivation

Brazilian pharmaceutical regulator Anvisa on Tuesday approved regulations for the roll-out of medicinal cannabis-based products but in a separate vote blocked a proposal to allow domestic medical marijuana plantations.

Anvisa’s approval of rules to regulate the nascent medical marijuana market represents a major shift in a country that has suffered years of deadly drug violence.

Nonetheless, the decision to prohibit domestic plantations shows that Brazil, led by far-right President Jair Bolsonaro, is not yet willing to join peers Colombia and Uruguay and develop its own vertically integrated medical marijuana sector.

A spokesman for Anvisa said that Brazilian firms interested in manufacturing cannabis-based products would need to import inputs from aboard.


Brazil's medical marijuana market projected to reach US$ 1.1 billion per year

Entrepreneurs continue to invest in Brazil's medical marijuana market, despite a lack of support from Brazil's government. There is no legislation in favor of legalizing medical marijuana in Brazil, and the government disapproved of the National National Health Surveillance Agency's proposal to regulate the issue.

The medical marijuana market is projected to reach R$ 1.1 billion (US$ 269 million) to R$ 4.7 billion (US$ 1.1 billion) per year, according to studies.

The most enthusiastic projection predicts that the country will have at least 3.9 million patients who could be treated with cannabis.


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Brazil takes next step in creating medical marijuana access for patients in need

Brazil is one of the top medical marijuana importers in the world. British, Canadian, American, and Chinese investors see the country as a place where medical marijuana cultivation and processing will flourish, but only when the government legalizes planting and processing within the country.

That wait may finally be over when this month Anvisa, Brazil’s health agency, publishes two proposals which outline deregulation protocols for cannabis cultivation, research, and medical applications of the drug.


Brazil may start growing medical marijuana this year

The legalization of medical marijuana continues to spread all across the world ever since Canada went legal and in a landmark development, the powers that be in Brazil have laid the foundations for legalizing the cultivation of medical marijuana in the country. Cultivation could begin at some point this year only after the National Sanitary Surveillance Agency gave approval to the legislation pertaining to the legalization of medical marijuana cultivation in South America’s biggest economy.


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A former U.S. bond trader turned medical marijuana evangelist sees cannabis cash starting to flow faster this year in Brazil, where imported CBD is the only legal game in town.

Stuart Titus, chief executive officer of California-based Medical Marijuana Inc., expects sales at the company’s unit in Brazil, to more than double this year.

“Brazil is a great opportunity for us,” he said in an interview in Sao Paulo. “We’ll definitely be continuing to invest.”


British study links high potency cannabis to psychosis

A study published on Tuesday in British medical journal, the Lancet Psychiatry, states that high potency cannabis or heavy use of cannabis can induce psychosis and can be harmful for mental health.

Dr. Marta Di Forti, lead author of study and clinician scientist at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London, said that psychotic disorder was specifically studied.

The researchers examined data from 11 different sites that treat psychosis – 10 across Europe and one in Brazil. They looked at 901 patients who had a first-time episode of psychosis over five years and compared them to more than 1,237 matched non-patients.  


Brazil moves closer to legalizing cannabis

Another country has recognized the benefits cannabis has to offer and has moved to legalize cannabis for its constituents.

A Senate committee in Brazil approved a bill earlier this week that will allow for cultivating and using cannabis for medical conditions.

The bill has been approved by the Senate’s Social Affairs Committee, according to Marijuana Moment, but the legislation will still need to be passed in the Commission on Constitution and Justice before the Senate can vote on it. If it is approved by the Senate, it will still need approval from the Chamber of Deputies.


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