Panama advances import-only medical marijuana law

After months of public discussion on a law to authorize and regulate medical cannabis in Panama, a draft bill has been advanced by a key parliamentary committee.

Members of the Labor, Health and Social Development Committee voted Tuesday to move the bill forward but to also strip the measure of domestic cultivation.

That means Panama’s market would have to be addressed solely with imported MMJ, which would open up export opportunities for international cannabis companies in Canada and Europe.

Medical marijuana would be dispensed through pharmacies in hospitals.

The bill would task regulating the industry to three ministries: Health, Agricultural Development, and Commerce and Industries.

The next hurdle for Draft Bill No. 595 is a second debate in the National Assembly.

Matt Lamers can be reached at [email protected]

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One comment on “Panama advances import-only medical marijuana law
  1. Brian Garfield on

    I’m considering moving to Panama in the possible near future. I now live in the US in AZ. Here, we’ve had medical cannabis legal for a decade, & it has become my main Med for controlling the pain & muscle spasms from my Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. It is imperative that I keep using this miracle plant to stay as healthy as possible. Will I have any issues obtaining my cannabis for MS?

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