Medical Cannabis Approved for Production and Sale in Greece

Medical Cannabis Approved for Production and Sale in Greece
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The Greek Reporter The Greek Parliament voted in favor of a bill to legalise the cultivation and sale of medical marijuana in Greece on Friday. The bill, which was proposed by the main opposition party Syriza, got 158 votes for and 33 against. The roll-call vote which was requested by Syriza was rejected by only three parties: the Communist Party of Greece, Greek Solution (Elliniki Lisi), and MeRA 25, Yanis Varoufakis’ party. Syriza itself also abstained from the roll-call vote as a protest to the fact that it was not held in person. Consequently, the Movement for Change (KINAL) Party also abstained. They claimed that holding and voting in roll-call votes requested by Syriza when the party itself does not even participate is against parliamentary procedures. However, prior to the vote, KINAL had stated they would support the legalisation of medical marijuana in Greece.  The bill is labelled “Production, extraction and distribution of final products of pharmaceutical cannabis of the species Cannabis Sativa L, containing over 0.2% of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC),” and was originally submitted by the Development & Investment Ministry. Ironing out industry details through the new bill The Deputy Minister of Development and Investment, Nikos Papasthanasis, defended the bill against critics from the main opposition party Syriza which called it “cowardly and timid.” Papasthanasis retorted that the bill was nothing of the sort, and that in that respect it was unlike the 2018 medical cannabis bill Syriza had passed which in his eyes was truly “cowardly and timid.” He also pointed out that this bill would allow results to be seen very quickly, as it helps expedite the process of getting licenses for medical marijuana production in Greece. However, he was quick to point out that there are two separate licenses one must obtain in order to cultivate marijuana, which are the installation permit…

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