By / June 18, 2020

Cannabis legalization in Argentina’s Santa Fe could soon become a reality

The bill to support the cultivation of cannabis for therapeutic purposes in Santa Fe, Argentina is advancing in the Legislature. One of the promoters is Agustina Donnet, provincial deputy for Equality and Participation. The initiative was presented by the political space in 2019 and authorizes the cultivation and possession of cannabis and its derivatives to people who need it for medical reasons.

The project is on the to-do list in the provincial Chamber of Deputies and expectations are placed on the approval of the regulations: “We are very much looking forward to this project, which has been taken up again and we have been able to start working with the Health Commission in coordination with other political spaces,” said Agustina Donnet.

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A law that would legalize the use of cannabis in Santa Fe

Composed of five articles, the bill defines the provincial government as being responsible for ensuring and controlling the supply of cannabis to users.

In the next session, could be obtained the average sanction of the project that comes to give an answer to a reality that cannot be denied and has been discussed in these last years “We are happy to be able to be winning one more right for all those mothers whose children need medical cannabis and who need the help of the state because it is a problem of public health,” explained the deputy.

The objective of this bill is to be able to issue an authorization from the provincial state so that self-cultivation for medicinal purposes is possible in the province. Under that premise, the Health Commission of the Lower House of Parliament ruled this year on the project in question. If the initiative is approved, anyone who needs to grow crops for medicinal purposes would only have to approach the Ministry of Health and with a medical order apply for a permit.

It also designates the provincial Ministry of Health with the tasks of advising and divulging the scope of the law, and empowers it to promote scientific research agreements on cannabinoid derivatives (both in universities and public laboratories).

Donnet and Giustiniani celebrate the work done by the province’s cannabis organizations. On the eve of a new legislative session, Equality joins the call for urgent sanction of the provincial law on self-cultivation of cannabis for therapeutic use.

Multiple cannabis projects are being developed all around Argentina

The Cordoba town of Villa Ciudad Parque will allow private companies to grow cannabis for medicinal purposes. This is a measure with which the municipality seeks to provide a solution to a public health problem, encourage political debate on the issue, and diversify local economic activity, which has been hit by the coronavirus pandemic.

The municipality will promote and develop community-based cultivation of cannabis for medicinal, therapeutic and scientific research purposes and will grant permits to laboratories, which must first be authorized by the Anmat, according to an ordinance published this afternoon.

This makes it a pioneering case, since in the few previous experiences in the country the local states kept the possibility of cultivation to themselves.

The authorities in the town of Cordoba recalled that there are two or three previous experiences, such as that of the Government of Jujuy, which was given a permit for the State to develop cannabis crops for medicinal purposes.

There is also a similar precedent in the Buenos Aires municipality of Hurlingham, which in 2019 passed an ordinance to allow the cultivation of cannabis for research and therapeutic purposes. However, in this case, the municipality reserved for itself the possibility of doing so.


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