Bill on Medical Cannabis Legalization Passes First Reading in Ukrainian Parliament

by Kyiv Post | July 13, 2023, 2:43 pm 

Ukraine’s parliament has given its initial approval to a bill aiming to legalize medical cannabis in the country. People’s deputies Iryna Herashchenko and Yaroslav Zheleznyak confirmed the successful vote, with 268 deputies supporting the legislation. 

“The long-awaited bill on medical cannabis has passed the first reading. But this bill is not so much about medicine as about the industrial cultivation of cannabis and corruption schemes by the government regarding permits and the development of huge financial flows,” Iryna Herashchenko wrote.

However, before the bill can become law, it must pass a second reading following any necessary finalization and subsequently be sent to the president for his signature.

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