• 26/02/2024 05:53

“Batkivshchyna” registered a project to cancel the Verkhovna Rada's decision to legalize medical cannabis

Photo: leader of the Batkivshchyna party, people's deputy Yulia Tymoshenko (facebook.com/YuliaTymoshenko) Author: Sergey Novikov

People's deputies from the Batkivshchyna faction registered in parliament a draft resolution to cancel the Verkhovna Rada's decision to adopt in the second reading and, in general, the draft law on the legalization of medical cannabis” (No. 7457).

This was reported by RBC-Ukraine with reference to the parliament’s website.

Among the authors of the project are Yulia Timoshenko, Sergey Taruta, Alexey Kucherenko, Sergey Yevtushok, Georgy Nemyrya and Valery Dubil.

“I believe that the very next convocation of the Verkhovna Rada will abolish not only the legitimization of drugs, but also all other laws against the national interests and principles of the existence of Ukraine,” said Yulia Tymoshenko.

As is known, according to the regulations of the Verkhovna Rada, registration of such a draft resolution means that the head of parliament cannot submit this law to the president for signature until the Rada votes against Batkivshchyna’s proposal to cancel the parliament’s decision. Parliament plans to meet in January 2024.

Accordingly, parliament will only be able to unblock its signing somewhere in mid-January next year. Then you will need to wait for the president's signature. Considering that the law comes into force only in six months, it will therefore come into effect no earlier than July 2024.

Legalization of medical cannabis

Ukraine is gradually moving towards the process of legalizing medical cannabis, which is used in the production of medicines.

As reported, back in February 2023, the relevant Council Committee supported the bill on the use of medical cannabis.

President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky also spoke in favor of the legalization of medical cannabis and the use of such medicines for everyone who needs it.

In July, the Verkhovna Rada supported the bill on medical cannabis in the first reading. At the same time, a number of changes were made to the draft for the second reading, mainly on access to treatment and strengthening control over the production of cannabis-based drugs.

On December 21, the Verkhovna Rada voted for the law on the legalization of medical cannabis. This decision was supported by 248 people's deputies.

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