2 million Ukrainians need medical marijuana
Ukrainians voted Sunday in local elections seen as a test for President Volodymyr Zelensky, a former comedian who took office last year promising to restore peace, root out corruption and support the economy. According to the Cabinet of the President of Ukraine, more than 2 million Ukrainians are in need of cannabis-based medicines. An ever-growing list of peer-reviewed scientific studies has revealed that the cannabis plant possesses important medical qualities.
The Ukrainian news agency learned about this from a statement posted on the president's website.
“According to preliminary estimates, at least two million Ukrainians need these drugs. If, of course, we want to ensure the good quality of their life. We emphasize: we are only talking about drugs of a medical nature, which are necessary for people with severe systemic pain, extremely anxious and depressive conditions, post-traumatic stress disorder, including after the front line ”, reads- one in the statement.
Cannabis without narcotic effect is used as an effective and gentle pain reliever. This is especially important for people with cancer. In addition, the use of medical marijuana in states that have already permitted it demonstrates its effectiveness in depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, which is important to military personnel, who return home after. the war. A group of drugs are actively used for a number of other serious conditions and illnesses, ”the release said.
The Bureau also notes that opponents of the idea of legalizing cannabis for medical purposes fear the spread of the use of other drugs under the pretext of therapy, but the buraeu also assures that the state is in a position to control such a risk.
As the Ukrainian news agency reported earlier, Zelenskyy said on local election day October 25, he will ask voters five questions in order to do what they decide: is it worth it to introduce life imprisonment for corruption on a particularly large scale; Is it worth introducing a free economic zone in Donbass? Is it necessary to reduce the parliament to 300 deputies? Should medical cannabis be legalized to reduce pain in critically ill patients? Is it necessary to raise the issue of compliance with the obligations arising from the Budapest Memorandum at the international level?
One of the questions voters will see when they go to vote is whether or not they are in favor of legalizing cannabis for medical use.
The president's office has confirmed that the ballot will have no legal consequences. The Bureau notes that cannabis-based drugs are available in Canada, Australia, the United States, Poland, New Zealand, Lithuania and other countries. Unfortunately, not all countries allow the legal use of cannabis for medical purposes by patients.
Ukraine is not necessarily on the verge of legalizing cannabis for medical use, however, voters still have an opportunity to make their views known on the matter. On the sidelines of local elections, Ukrainian leaders pose various questions to voters in order to better understand their attitude towards certain political issues.
“Here are the last three questions of the survey. Should the number of parliamentarians in the Verkhovna Rada be reduced to 300? Are you in favor of legalizing cannabis for medical use in Ukraine to reduce the pain of seriously ill patients? Should Ukraine raise the issue of using the security guarantees defined by the Budapest Memorandum at the international level ”? The President of Ukraine, Volodymyr Zelensky, posted on social media.
It seems that there is no poll showing how the issue will be handled by the majority of voters in Ukraine.
The issue is not binding, and will simply be included to give Ukrainian lawmakers a better idea of the level of support for the legalization of medical cannabis. It is obvious that voters will be able to weigh in on the reform of medical cannabis and indicate whether they support it or not. If support is weak, it is clear that the ban will stand.
Legalization on the way?
However, what if the support is strong? Especially if he's really strong?
Probing for the legalization of medical cannabis, which is basically what it is, can be tricky in that, while people can support medical cannabis reform in general, there may be provisions that they don't. not like. With that in mind, even though the vote is hugely favorable later in the month in Ukraine, it still won't shed light on the kind of medical cannabis reform that will be pursued.
The only thing that might happen if the vote is favorable is that Ukrainian lawmakers will begin to consider more carefully which policies they think are best. When that happens, it is to be hoped that lawmakers will pursue a medical cannabis policy that helps as many patients as possible instead of pursuing a policy change that will only help a limited number of patients.