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Bypassing the Rada: the Cabinet of Ministers can legalize medical cannabis in a month

The head of the Servant of the People faction in the Verkhovna Rada, David Arakhamia, said that preparations containing medical cannabis in Ukraine can be included in the list of medications that are dispensed upon the "red prescription" until the end of 2020—mid-January 2021. Arakhamia announced this at a press conference, Ukrinform reports.

According to him, the issue of legalizing medical cannabis can now be resolved by acts of the Cabinet of Ministers rather than adopting a relevant law, as previously assumed.

«Almost everything is ready there. We were waiting for the Minister’s of Veterans Affairs change—they also have a position. We decided that we can solve this issue without a draft law but by acts of the Cabinet of Ministers.»

David Arakhamia

David Arakhamia

Ukrainian politician, public person, head of the Servant of the People faction

Arakhamia explained that the "red prescription" is used to dispense opiates, and this list will be supplemented with medications that patients with cancer need.

Quote"We are talking about expanding the list of such medications with foreign-made medical cannabis and testing for three to four months. If this does not cause, and I believe that it will not cause problems, then we can already consider in the parliament the issue of localization, that is, the production of these medications on the territory of Ukraine. In the meantime, this task can be performed by imported medications," added the people's deputy.

Context. In early December, the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs removed medical marijuana and its derivatives from Schedule IV, the world's most dangerous drugs list.

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