The law will allow patient associations to cultivate, process, transport and store cannabis and its derivatives for therapeutic purposes
In Peru, medical cannabis and its derivatives have already been legalized in 2017 but access to products remained difficult for patients because very few pharmacies sold them. The law now authorizes patient associations registered in an official register to cultivate, transport and store cannabis and its derivatives for therapeutic purposes.
Association cultivation of medical cannabis and production of its derivatives has been legal since Association cultivation of medical cannabis and production of derivatives has been legal since Sunday in Peru after the government enacted the law recently approved by Congress, at the request patients and their families. The law will allow associations of patients registered in an official register to cultivate, process, transport and store cannabis and its derivatives for therapeutic purposes only.
If medical marijuana and its derivatives such as cannabis oil were legalized in 2017, access to products remains difficult for patients because very few pharmacies market them. From now on, patients themselves will be able to cultivate plants and produce their medicinal derivatives in associations, all of whose members must be registered in the national register of patients under cannabis.
The licenses will be issued by the Ministry of Health, while the anti-drug directorate of the Peruvian National Police will draw up a safety protocol, with the aim of guaranteeing and keeping intact cannabis and its derivatives for medicinal use, as well as the drug. final product.
The associative self-cultivation of cannabis is a petition submitted to Congress by the Cannabis Gouttes d'Espoir association and the Fédération du Cannabis Médicinal (Fecame).
The bill proposed by the associations also envisaged personal self-cultivation, which was ultimately not included in the enacted text and which, for the actress, communicator and activist Francesca Brivio, founder of Cannabis Drops of Hope, is " the final step ”.
In recent days, Brivio has been the most insistent in asking Peru's interim president Francisco Sagasti to enact the law before stepping down on July 28 to hand over to his successor, president-elect Pedro Castillo.
For Brivio, cannabis is used to ease the pain and symptoms of three rare diseases (mast cell disorder, Raynaud's syndrome, and Ehler Danlos syndrome), which he had previously failed to do with conventional medicine. , which allowed him to considerably improve his quality of life.
Likewise, the Buscando Esperanza association brings together 60 families, including mothers who administer medicinal cannabis derivatives to treat various ailments from which their children suffer, such as tuberous sclerosis.
Before the legalization of medical cannabis in 2017, this association was the subject of a police raid, who seized their plants and the tools used to produce the derivatives of the plant, which illustrates the difficulties they encounter for treat their illnesses in hiding.