By / February 19, 2024

Spain Begins the Process of Medical Cannabis Legalization

The Ministry of Health in Spain has started the process of drafting a royal decree aimed at legalizing the use of cannabis for medical purposes.

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Spain Emphasizes Patient Safety and Product Quality

As highlighted in the draft decree, the text will prioritize patient safety and product quality. Spain aims to establish legal frameworks for standardized cannabis preparations proven to relieve pain and suffering, favoring oral administration—thus oils—for optimal therapeutic efficacy and safety.

Furthermore, the regulatory framework is designed to evolve dynamically, taking into account new knowledge and experiences gained from ongoing research and patient outcomes, both in Spain and internationally.

Civic Engagement in the Regulatory Process

Active involvement of civil society is a notable aspect of the regulatory process. Spanish citizens have the opportunity to contribute their views and ideas to the drafting process via an open public consultation on the ministry’s website.

Medical associations, palliative care societies, pain management specialists, and various other stakeholders in Spain have expressed their approval, highlighting the broad consensus on the need for comprehensive regulation of medical cannabis in Spain.

Spain Is Reflecting International Trends

The move towards medical cannabis regulation by Spain reflects developments in other European countries and international bodies. Countries such as Portugal, Germany, and Norway have already established regulatory frameworks for medical cannabis, acknowledging its therapeutic potential.

Moreover, endorsement beyond Spanish borders by global health authorities such as the World Health Organization and the United Nations confirms the legitimacy of these regulatory efforts.

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