President Laurentino Cortizo sanctioned a law on Thursday that regulates the use of medicinal cannabis in Panama, which makes this nation the first in Central America to do so.
The new law, which has been under discussion for five years and was finally approved by the legislature at the end of August, creates a regulatory framework that allows the use and monitored and controlled access of medicinal cannabis and its derivatives for therapeutic, medical and veterinary purposes. , scientists and research in the national territory.
The Executive’s endorsement makes Panama in the first country in Central America to establish the legal framework for the medicinal use of cannabis in patients with chronic diseases. The law will enter into force as soon as it is published in the Official Gazette.
Among other aspects, the standard regulates the processes of commercialization, distribution, final disposal, use of the seeds duly authorized for planting the cannabis plant, as well as derivatives of medicinal cannabis for medical, therapeutic, veterinary, scientific and research purposes. .
Various State institutions, the Judiciary, patient unions and non-profit associations participated decisively in the discussion of the proposal, which creates a National Program for the Study and Medicinal Use of Cannabis and its Derivatives, an entity that would ensure the needs of patients and the proper use of the plant.
Several Latin American countries have approved the medicinal use of cannabis, including Colombia, Chile, and Ecuador and Peru.