Argentina’s green rush doesn’t seem to slow down, as many cities have announced their initiative to legalize cannabis and the government is also studying the possibility of allowing it. The latest city to join the trend is Plottier, which is discussing a draft ordinance that will promote the legalization of medical cannabis for those with a certified medical prescription.
The Deliberative Council of Plottier will seek to discuss a draft ordinance to regulate the use of medical cannabis and thus become the first city in the province of Neuquén to allow the cultivation of this plant for those who have a medical prescription.
The initiative was presented by Councilor Matias Ramos, from the Evolución party, who is undergoing treatment in commissions and aims to establish a regulatory framework to guarantee safe and informed access to cannabis as a therapeutic resource, for research, production and scientific use; as well as the authorization for self-cultivation and solidarity cultivation.
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Plottier could benefit heavily by legalizing the self-cultivation of cannabis
Dr. Franca Sartori, who works on the law that authorizes the therapeutic and palliative use of cannabis, and Gustavo Benegas, founder of the Cannabis Cultores del Alto Valle organization, explained to the Plottier councilors the benefits of having a local ordinance that allows the self-cultivation for people who require this plant, to alleviate different ailments and diseases. They also spoke about the current social context and the benefits of cannabis as a therapeutic resource.
“We did not invent anything, nor do we consider ourselves the authors of this project. The only thing we did was lift the gauntlet of a long struggle of many people who have needed medical cannabis, or their families and activist groups in the region,” Ramos told LM Neuquén .
The councilor said that in the town of San Antonio Oeste, in Río Negro, a few months ago the use of medicinal cannabis was legalized. “This ordinance allows self-cultivation to those who have a medical request, and at the moment, in San Antonio Oeste there are more than 40 registered in their registry who have access to medicinal cannabis,” he said, commenting that they relied heavily on that experience to carry out their project.
“Once the cannabis legalization project is approved, those with a medical prescription will be able to join an internal registry as growers. It is essential that the medical order indicates the pathology, treatment and amount of cannabis that can be stored. A registry is also set up for solidarity growers in order to help supply family members and users,” she explained about her proposal.
The initiative doesn’t aim only to self-cultivation but also marketing
This initiative provides that people who cannot cultivate for different reasons and need medical cannabis, can buy the oil in the public hospital by prescription.
The ordinance also establishes the formation of an advisory council on cannabis policies, made up of medical representatives, users, activists, agronomists, INTA personnel, among others. They will be the ones who will have the ability to authorize and cancel licenses for both personal and solidarity cultivation, advise on policies related to cannabis, scientific research, training for users and health personnel, and everything that concerns the application of the ordinance.
“This project is focused on guaranteeing safe access to cannabis-based medicines such as oil, tinctures, or creams. In order to ensure that, we have contacted the PROBIEN laboratory of CONICET and the National University of Comahue. It will carry out the homologation of the phyto preparations and phyto extractions through the quantitative analysis of the different concentrations of cannabinoids and terpenes present,” assured the counselor, who also added: “The approval of this project would guarantee access to comprehensive care of the health of all people, who through medical cannabis, can have a better quality of life.”
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