Parliament: Prescribed use of medical marijuana approved – Portugal

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Portugal’s parliament has approved the use of “marijuana-based medicines” to be available only with a doctor’s prescription and sold only in pharmacies. Earlier proposals to allow patients to grow the drug at home were rejected The measure legalizes the medicinal use of cannabis for PTSD, chronic pain, cancer therapy side-effects, and a list of other conditions. The provision is already permitted in other European countries. All political parties voted in favor of the bill except for CDS, the center-right Popular Party, which abstained. The bill has been submitted to President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa for his consideration. He has the power to veto the bill, but is expected to sign and pass the new law, which is set to go into effect July 1. Parliament: Prescribed use of medical marijuana approved – Portugal

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