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Lithuania legalizes medical cannabis

Lithuanian Parliament votes in favor of legalizing medical cannabis

Lithuania passed a law on Thursday that will allow doctors to prescribe cannabis-based medicines in the EU's Baltic state. 

Lithuanian overwhelming vote in favor of medical cannabis

BFMTV reports that lawmakers in Lithuania voted 90-0 with three abstentions in favor of medical cannabis. However, the draft will now be submitted to President Dalia Grybauskaite for promulgation. In addition, the medical use of cannabis will be permitted if health organizations scientifically prove the drugs' safety and effectiveness.

MP Mykolas Majauskas, a conservative legislator, is spearheading efforts to legalize medical cannabis in Lithuania.

Lithuanian doctors, will prescribe medicines containing cannabis, approved by the EU, under the strict supervision of doctors. And mainly to patients with multiple sclerosis, cancer and autoimmune diseases.

“It is a historic decision to ensure that patients can receive the best possible treatment. “

In addition, the deputy Mykolas Majauskas, declares that the control of these preparations would be strictly regulated. The member does not want psychotropic drugs to be used for entertainment.

“Of course, this does not mean that cannabis will be available to go and smoke in a pharmacy before going to a nightclub”

Current Lithuanian legislation does not distinguish between medicinal cannabis and cannabis for recreational use. The Pharmacy Act only authorizes the medical use of substances on List II of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances. But now cannabis is on List I of prohibited substances.

The law will come into force in May of next year. Thus, the sale of the drugs will require a license from the state regulatory body. But recreational cannabis use will remain illegal in Lithuania, a Baltic state of 2,8 million people.

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