Costa Rica: Will He Won’t He? President Alvarado Sitting On Cannabis Bill


Hemp Today Reports Costa Rica’s president said he is studying a bill that would legalize medical marijuana and industrial hemp, giving no clear indication if he will sign the measure into law or not. President Carlos Alvarado said he is reviewing the measure with health authorities after it passed the Legislative Assembly earlier this month, with 29 of 57 deputies voting in favor. Economic potential Lawmakers have urged the president to sign the law, which supporters say can bring economic and social development to Costa Rica’s rural areas by authorizing the production, industrialization and commercialization of hemp for industrial applications and food. The law covers cultivation, harvesting, processing, storage and transport. Rosa Volio Pacheco, a deputy who co-sponsored the bill, said the proposed law could spark development in the pharmaceutical industry and a range of different value chains starting in agriculture. Medical marijuana provisions in the bill would also bring hope to patients whose suffering could be relieved by legal, prescription marijuana products, Volio Pacheco said. The law would limit marijuana to medicinal and therapeutic use, and does not legalize adult-use (recreational) marijuana. President’s term ending Alvarado is at the end of his term, and is not allowed to run for re-election to a second consecutive term in Costa Rica’s presidential election next month. His administration has focused on decarbonizing Costa Rica’s economy, having set a goal for the country to achieve zero net CO2 emissions by 2050. Before its passage out of the legislature, the Costa Rican cannabis bill was approved in the first legislative debate last year, and the Constitutional Court signed off on the measure in November. The bill was published Friday, Jan. 7. The Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (MAG) and the Ministry of Health would jointly oversee the hemp and medical cannabis sectors. Licensing MAG…

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