The Ministry of Health, led by Mónica García , plans to approve "soon" the regulation of the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes , a measure that has been pending for some time and that has the support of the Government coalition. This has been confirmed by Ministry sources, who have indicated that they already have a draft Ministerial Order prepared by the State Agency for Medicines and Health Products ( AEMPS ).
The draft establishes a "very guaranteeing" regulation , which treats cannabis as medicine and is based on scientific evidence . Before publishing the Ministerial Order, the Ministry will hold a round of meetings with the groups involved, especially the Medicinal Cannabis Observatory, to collect their contributions and assessments.
The exact date of approval of the regulation is not yet known, but it is expected to be "in the coming months . " Once it comes into force, medicinal cannabis will have to be prescribed by specialist doctors and can be used to relieve pain in certain diseases or pathologies.
This initiative is part of the Sumar program, which defends "comprehensive regulation" of cannabis and the model of self-consumption and non-profit cannabis associations, decriminalizing production and own consumption. Sumar also supports the legalization of cannabis for medicinal purposes , which is in the process of being approved in 2024.