Brazilian Senate Committee Approves Medical Marijuana Bill


A key Senate committee in Brazil approved a bill to allow the use and cultivation of marijuana for medical purposes Nov. 28, 2018.

The measure, which was brought about in response to an online citizen-led petition that received about 119,000 signatures, would remove criminal penalties for growing, possessing, and consuming cannabis for patients who receive prescriptions from doctors.

The Senate’s Social Affairs Committee signed off on the legislation, but before the full Senate gets to vote, it will also have to pass in the Commission on Constitution and Justice. Then, if the Senate does approve the bill, it must be reviewed by the Chamber of Deputies.

Of course, even if the bill does make its way past all legislative hurdles, it could…


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