The Peruvian Congress has, with a vote of 68-5, become the latest nation to legalize medical marijuana. The bill passed approved the commercial production and importation of medical marijuana for the rising number of patients looking to choose marijuana over pharmaceutical solutions. The push for medical marijuana legalization began to build after it became clear that arresting and jailing people attempting to use cannabis as medicine was not the solution the country needed.
The move was initiated by President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski. He began the discussion after a police raid became highly publicized wherein a group of mothers had been making cannabis oil in order to treat children with epilepsy. Ann Alvarez, one of the mother’s targeted in the raid back in March, told the media that cannabis oil was the only thing that helped treat her son’s seizures. Alvarez and a group of other concerned mothers formed, Searching For Hope, a non-profit that actively sought legal help in the fight to legalize medical marijuana. Eventually, their pleas for help were heard.
Many feared that legalizing marijuana, even for medical use, would add to the country’s illegal drug problems as Peru is already one of the largest exporters of cocaine in the world. The fear was that gangs would start to move into the marijuana business to gain legitimacy. The concerns of naysayers were overcome by the many lawmakers who recognize the benefits of marijuana and marijuana compounds in treating specific ailments. Many politicians also advocated for criminal charges pending against Alvarez and the other mothers to be dropped.
Peru’s neighbors Colombia and Chile legalized medical marijuana earlier this year and have already started to create their own markets and chains of distribution. Uruguay went all-in on marijuana back in 2013 and have allowed for the cultivation and sale for adult recreational and medical use. Peru is seemingly just the next domino to fall as marijuana legalization sweeps across South America and the rest of the world.
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