According to Elvis Garcia, the director of Agricultural Policies of the Ministry of Agriculture and Irrigation, the Ministry of Health began to import cannabis products. Medicines such as CBD oil will be available in Lima, specifically in pharmaceutical establishments. The interested entities will have an opportunity to obtain licenses for laboratories that will produce cannabis products.
The Ministry of Health (Minsa) has already begun importing cannabis-based medicine to treat patients, which will soon be made available to the public.
Peru has started seriously debating its own medical cannabis policy in February 2019. This was after authorities raided and shut down a makeshift and home-based lab in which a small organization of moms, called Buscando Esperanza, made cannabis natural oils to take care of kids that are putting up with cancer tumors, epilepsy, as well as other diseases.
Public outrage sparked the debate
This sparked public outrage and media attention and protesters demanded that medical cannabis be finally legalized.
Medical cannabis will allow those with particular qualifying conditions, like cancer, epilepsy, and Parkinson’s infection, to make use of cannabis or its derivatives as an element of their treatment plan.
“The Minsa has already made an import of products derived from cannabis, specifically CBD oil, which will soon become available to patients,” said the general director of Agricultural Policies of the Minagri, Elvis Garcia.
Cannabis-based medicines need licenses
“These medicines will be available to pharmaceutical establishments in Lima at the headquarters of San Miguel de Digemid,” he added.
“Similarly, as it is a process of granting licenses to interested entities, there are six entities in the process of obtaining licenses with Minsa,” the official said.
There are three types of health portfolio licenses: for laboratories that will produce cannabis products, universities or research institutes, and establishments that commercialize these products.
“There is no license limit. Minsa controls the amount of production generated in the country and reports it to international organizations,” Garcia said. “The import process needs the license first granted by Minsa, and then process it with Senasa.”
Once authorized, the seed or derivative is imported and quarantined for 60 days.
“Then companies will be able to start the processes of production of derivatives or research for agricultural purposes,” he added.
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