Following the legalization of medical marijuana three years ago in Argentina, Argentinians can now grow their own medicinal cannabis at home.
Argentina has allowed its citizens to grow cannabis at home for medicinal use, once they have received a license to do so.
This move was widely welcomed by those who sought to use medicinal cannabis, despite the fact that medical cannabis was made legal in Argentina in 2017. The reason behind this was because of the heavily regulated and inaccessible nature of legal medical marijuana prior to this latest legislative change, and only patients with specific forms of epilepsy could gain access to cannabinoid medicines.
Moreover, patients could only access cannabis oil, and even then, it was such an arduous process to procure cannabis that it was effectively still illegal throughout the country.
This was the opinion of Argentina's health minister, Ginés González García, who stated that "there was a law but there was no access to products."
"We are replacing a black market that already exists with quality control that is key in all medical products, particularly those that are given to children."
The plans to expand Argentina's medical cannabis program have been circulating for over 6 months, and finally, they have come to fruition.
Patients will gain the ability to legally grow their own medicinal cannabis products upon receiving a prescription from their doctor, and the range of ailments that qualify a patient for access to cannabis products appears to be widening.
Mr. Garcia has stated that prescriptions to medical cannabis will be granted "on a case-by-case basis," however he went on to state that "even if [cannabis] does not provide a cure, improving quality of life is no small thing."
This suggests that ailments such as cancer pain, anxiety, insomnia and other ailments will likely be qualifying conditions, in addition to epilepsy.
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