By / September 9, 2020

Argentina: Tigre approves self-cultivation for medical cannabis patients

With the aim of avoiding stigmatization and persecution of people who use medical cannabis, the Deliberative Council of the Argentinian city of Tigre approved a draft ordinance that allows self-cultivation and creates a registry that ensures the legal framework for this purpose.

The initiative, prepared by the councilors of ‘Frente de Todos’, Javier Parbst and Florencia Mosqueda, was unanimously approved this afternoon.

“It will make it possible to generate a registry of neighbors who require products with cannabinoid principles to be able to produce and consume them in a legal and safe framework, in addition to encouraging this prosperous industry in coordination with the private sector, with the corresponding regulation from the State,” Parbst explained.

The ordinance, to which this agency had access, creates the ‘Registry of Solidarity Growers, Cannabis Growers and Families of Cannabis’ and its derivatives in order to grant licenses “for the planting, cultivation and production of cannabis for medicinal and / or therapeutic use” and “protect the identity and privacy of the people who make up the registry.”

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The cannabis initiative will promote both research and production in the sector

One of the main objectives of the initiative is “to promote research and production” in order to develop a promising prosperous industry to create jobs. Furthermore, Parbs explains that, “Anyone who has a prescription and signs up in the registry will have no problem growing at home, there will be no persecution.”

Likewise, he indicated that “the first step is solidarity cultivation and the second is to advance with production for research” and “to have a productive Delta again”. Stressing that, projects such as the one sanctioned in Tigre, which will come into effect within 60 days, was also approved in the Municipality of Hurlingham and also in the Buenos Aires town of Laprida, in addition to Bariloche.

He also stressed that “progress is being made at the country level to end the stigmatization and persecution suffered by those who use these products and we believe that this is one of the greatest achievements: social awareness.”

Cannabis will be incorporated to the Public Health System

The councilors developed the project by coordinating with scientists from Conicet and the National Institute of Agricultural Technology (INTA), as well as specialists in medical treatments with cannabis products.

The ordinance incorporates cannabis and its derivatives to the Public Health System of the Municipality of Tigre for the treatment of syndromes, disorders, diseases and pathologies such as epilepsies, degenerative diseases, cancer, nausea and vomiting derived from chemotherapy, HIV- AIDS, Autism and West Syndrome.

Those responsible for prescribing its use will be professional doctors, who must also make a comprehensive evaluation of the positive and negative effects of supplying their patients.

Also, article 6 of this initiative indicates that the Municipality will promote studies and research related to the use of cannabis and will stimulate the public production of medicines based on its derivatives.

“The participation of civil associations that are related to the subject, of state entities such as public hospitals, national universities based in this city and the National Administration of Medicines, Food and Medical Technology (ANMAT) will be promoted to establish precise guidelines and research protocols” Parbs added.

Self-cultivation will be allowed to all medical cannabis patients

The ordinance also authorizes the personal cultivation of cannabis to “all those patients (or their legal representatives, guardians or curators) who have a medical order to undergo treatment.”

A Medicinal Cannabis Cultivation Council will also be created with representatives of the Deliberative Council, Municipality of Tigre, national universities, civil organizations, INTA and ANMAT.

The Council will have as mission to advise in the elaboration of norms and pertinent dispositions; collaborate, prior to its approval, in the preparation of plans and programs; promote development for registration and training programs.

Article 12 states that “training, awareness and sensitization programs must be implemented in relation to the subject matter of this Ordinance, aimed at the personnel of the municipal public administration and especially the workers of the Public Health System.”

National Law No. 27,350 on Medical and Scientific Research on the Medicinal Use of the Cannabis Plant and its derivatives was approved by the National Congress with the aim of establishing a regulatory framework for medical and scientific research on the medicinal, therapeutic or palliative use of the cannabis plant and its derivatives.

The initiative was promoted by leading organizations on the subject, such as Mamá Cultiva or Cannabis Medicinal Argentina (Ca.Med.A), among others.


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