Last week in Spain, the possibility of cannabis becoming legal for medicinal use took a tentative step towards becoming a reality.
After a debate involving all the main parties in the Health and Social Services Commission, a decision was made to initiate a subcommittee in order to study the medicinal use of cannabis. The committee will decide whether in the future doctors will be able to prescribe cannabis to patients, as well as looking at options regarding regulating cultivation, and establishing points of sale.
Political Parties reach consensus to move forward on medical cannabis
Right now it is illegal to prescribe or sell cannabis in Spain for medical use, something that the Spanish Medical Cannabis Observatory (OECM) has been campaigning to change since its inception. Alongside the political party Ciudadanos, they introduced a proposal to parliament for the legalization of cannabis for specific conditions under strict medical supervision.
But in the end the two main parties, PP and PSOE, pressed for an initial subcommittee, calling on experts from the medical cannabis field to determine whether there is sufficient evidence of its safety and efficacy.
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Hope given to thousands of Spanish suffering with pain
OECM President, Carola Pérez, herself a user of medicinal cannabis for the chronic pain she has suffered since having her coccyx removed as a teenager says: “The Spanish Observatory thanks all the political parties for their sensitivity to this issue, in particular Ciudadanos and its spokesperson Francisco Igea, whose efforts in gaining consensus were key in reaching this agreement. With it, the Health Commission has given hope to the thousands of sick people who find cannabis the only way to alleviate their suffering.”
Time will tell whether Spain follows the examples of Germany, Ireland, and Argentina who have recently legalized medical cannabis. But first, it must pass through a time consuming process of lengthy committee meetings and bureaucratic paperwork.