Brazilian Presidential Candidates Duck and Cover on Recreational Cannabis Reform

Brazilian Presidential Candidates Duck and Cover on Recreational Cannabis Reform
High Times

Brazil is moving forward on medical cannabis reform. At the beginning of the month, the National Health Surveillance Agency approved two new medical products. This will bring the number of approved medical cannabis products to 18. The majority of those available are still only CBD—ten out of the total are extracts made from cannabidiol. All of them must be bought in pharmacies and drug stores. That is the state of cannabis reform du jour in Brazil, a place where even this victory has been hard fought. Indeed, the current (right wing) leader, President Jair Bolsonaro, has repeatedly quashed attempts at any forward steps, despite whole cities defying him. Enter the 2022 Brazilian Presidential elections. Tragically, there are a lot of fence-sitters. Then again, given the current political climate, even one step forward represents progress—even of the tortoise variety. The Political Can to be Kicked Down the Road CNN questioned all of the pre-candidates about their stance on reform. Here are some of the broader takeaways from the seven men in the ring. Two candidates, plus the sitting president, Bolsonaro, did not answer. However, nobody needs him to. Bolsonaro’s track record on legalization is very clear. He even publicly mocked the last legislative effort to regulate the industry. The other four all spoke in favor of medical use—but none support recreational reform. Will Canada Remain the Only Recreational Reform Country in The American Hemisphere? The U.S. has sadly had a great deal of influence in both Central and South America when it comes to the topic of drug policy. This is clearly showing up in Brazil right now. This includes any and all threats to access the American banking system (which were used to slow down dispensation in places like Uruguay). Given the struggle that is going on at the federal…

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