Identification cards will be issued to medical patients who qualify, if they suffer “debilitating medical conditions,” after they are certified by registered physicians.
Further research into the potential medicinal properties of cannabis will also be legalised and regulated under the Bill.
Medical Cannabis Safety Compliance Facilities will be created, which, after registering with the Department of Health, will “conduct scientific and medical research on medical use of cannabis and provide testing services for its potency and contaminants relative to its safe and efficient use, cultivation, harvesting, packaging, labelling, distribution and proper security.”
Recreational cannabis will still be heavily prohibited, made explicitly clear by the Bill’s author, Albano: “It’s very clear in the bill. We’re not doing it for recreational purposes and we are not decriminalizing marijuana.”
The bill, however, would maintain the ban on raw cannabis, i.e. as a plant which could be smoked.
Discussing the Bill’s implications, Albano said: “You have to extract the properties of the medicine… You have to extract opium to make morphine.”
Albano added: “I’m elated now that it passed the committee level. It’s the first time it has advanced this far.”
The Bill still has a long way to go before being codified into law, it must still go to plenary for further debates.