UNODC hosts meeting to discuss the medical use of cannabis

Brasilia, 22 October 2014 - The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) facilitated, in Brasilia on 15 October, a meeting between Senator Cristovam Buarque and the medical expert in psychopharmacology, Dr. Elisaldo Carlini, in order to discuss the implications of a possible legalization and regulation of cannabis for medical use.

Currently, there is a proposal circulating in the Senate to legalize cannabis for medical use. Initially, the popular suggestion considered legalization for medical, recreational and industrial use. However during the public hearings, the rapporteur of the suggestion, Senator Cristovam Buarque, decided to divide the project separating medical and recreational use.

UNODC representatives attended the first three public hearings to discuss the health and public safety implications of a possible regulation of cannabis.

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