Argentinian lawmakers have passed a bill legalising the medicinal use of cannabis oil and allowing the federal government to grow the drug for therapeutic and research purposes.
Parents of children with epilepsy pushed for legislators to introduce the bill and legalise cannabis production for medicinal use. Individuals who grew cannabis for personal use could face up to 15 years in prison under previous legislation. The new law was passed unanimously by 58 legislators.
“30% of epileptics do not respond to traditional medicine,” Ana María García Nicora, director of the Medical Cannabis Argentina group, told local broadcasters. “My daughter has had epilepsy for 24 years and this is an option for her,” she said.
“This is a dream fulfilled, an immense happiness because it will bring solace to patients,” said Maria Laura Alasi, whose daughter suffers from epilepsy.
The new legislation fell short of allowing people to grow the recreational drug themselves, something