Costa Rica: President proposes hemp cultivation as an economic measure

Carlos Alvadaro cannabis legalization

Carlos Alvarado proposes to legalize production for medicinal purposes

President Carlos Alvarado on Monday opened the door to further legalization and announced that the government will promote hemp cultivation as a measure to revive the economy. This is what Mr. Alvarado said in his work report presented to deputies, in the section devoted to recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic, where he announced certain measures. Always in the productive order, Alvarado announced that he would support "the cultivation of hemp to reactivate the productive sector, with all the guarantees and security of business". A proposal to cultivate hemp already exists in the legislative stream, presented by MP Zoila Volio.

"We will promote the cultivation of hemp to relaunch the productive sector, with all the guarantees and security of the business", were the words of the president.

This is an initiative proposed by the deputy Zoila Rosa Volio, of the National Integration Party (PIN), which is treated from this Monday under the file 21.315 in the current legislature Concerning his project, Volio has claimed that it would "improve the quality of life" of many people, whose diseases can be treated with these hitherto banned remedies.

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During his annual speech to Congress, Alvarado said the measure would allow the production of organic hemp without THC, also prohibited by law, under controlled conditions. Hemp belongs to the cannabis sativa L family, but they are two different plants. In addition, it has been cultivated and selected to obtain raw materials such as seeds, fibers and oils; that is, it is used for food industry and others like textile. The latter can be beneficial in the fight against environmental damage, because it can function as a renewable source for the ecology.

Although Carlos Alvarado has said so, he also indicated that details will be given soon. “The government's economic team will present the details of these and other initiatives this week and offer measures to recover ¢ 701000 million from the budget deficit. "

Carlos Alvarado even assures that he will reduce his salary by 10%, close "certain decentralized bodies" and encourage the cultivation of hemp to reactivate the productive sector.

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The proposal, resulting from an initiative presented in 2019 by an independent legislator: Rosa Volio, is expected to begin to be discussed in the coming months in the Assembly, where Alvarado's party has only 17% of the seats, although the project was well received by the opposition.

The text proposes that the state regulate the production and private marketing of cannabis extracts. Authorities are forecasting a 3,6% drop in local gross domestic product (GDP) this year due to the ravages of the spread of the virus, which has so far infected 742 people in the country and killed six people. 

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