The debate on whether to legalize medical marijuana sparked up last February, when a makeshift cannabis lab, run by mothers who were trying to medicate their sick children, was raided by the police in Peru. The raid made a lot of people angry, with the public understanding and backing the mothers, which inspired large groups of people to push for the legalization of the drug, at least for medical purposes.
President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski was one of the first to propose the consideration for legalizing the drug, proposing a legislation outlining medical marijuana. The legislation was approved and it must now face the Peruvian Council, which will declare if medical marijuana will be legalized or not. It’s understood that the measure, if successful, would benefit all patients suffering from cancer, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease and many other illnesses.
Cannabis oil is also included in the legislation and would become a legalized product, since it’s considered medicinal. Recreational cannabis is still something that’s debated and that hasn’t been specified in the legislation.
Many people believe that this is a critical moment for the future of recreational and medicinal marijuana in Peru, signaling yet another country that’s planning on moving forward with their views on the drug and that’s in favor of progress.