Portugal: Cannabis: First Amendment To Ministerial Order 83/2021

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11 January 2022 by Ricardo Rocha PLMJ Ministerial Order 14/2022 was published on 5 January to introduce the first amendment to Ministerial Order 83/2021 of 15 April. The original Ministerial Order sets out the requirements and procedures for granting authorisations for activities relating to the cultivation, manufacture, wholesale trade, transport, circulation, import and export of medicines, preparations and substances made from the cannabis plant. The amendment now introduced is intended to address the insufficient regulation of some issues relating to the cultivation of the cannabis plant for medical and non-medical purposes. Specifically, the amendment addresses the cultivation of hemp for industrial purposes and differentiates it from the cultivation of the cannabis plant for other purposes. It also regulates some aspects of the cultivation of the cannabis plant for medicinal purposes. Article 3-A is added to Ministerial Order 83/2021 and it establishes the technical requirements applicable to the cultivation of cannabis plants for industrial purposes, including the minimum limit of the area of cultivation of the cannabis plant and the sowing density. Changes are also made to the rules on applications for authorisation for activities relating to the cultivation, manufacture, wholesale trade, import, export, transport and movement of medicinal products, preparations and substances based on the cannabis plant for medicinal, medical or veterinary purposes or for purposes of scientific research. In addition to proof of an authorisation granted by the competent authority to suppliers or recipients of medicinal products, preparations and substances based on the cannabis plant for medicinal purposes, for activities relating to the export, import or intra-EU trade in the cannabis plant, declarations of interest from these entities will also be required. Furthermore, for activities involving the manufacture of medicines, substances or preparations based on the cannabis plant for medicinal purposes, Ministerial Order 83/2021 will also require the technical manager…

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