In Ukraine, the Parliament has recently unblocked the signing of the medical cannabis bill, marking a milestone in the country’s approach to alternative medicine. The opposition Holos (Voice) party MP Yaroslav Zheleznyak shared this news on Telegram on January 16, shedding light on the legislative progress made in favor of medical cannabis.
Background of medical cannabis changes
On December 21, the Ukrainian Parliament demonstrated its support for the bill on medical cannabis during the second reading. Despite opposition from the Batkivshchyna (Fatherland) faction, the bill successfully garnered approval from 248 deputies of the Verkhovna Rada. This move will bring a regulatory framework for the use of cannabis in medical, industrial, and scientific capacities. However, it will still keep strict prohibitions on recreational use and distribution.