Paraguay Congress Legalizes Planting of Medical Marijuana

Paraguay Congress Legalizes Planting of Medical Marijuana

A bill passed Tuesday creating a state-sponsored system to import marijuana seeds and grow the plant for medical uses.

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December 6, 2017
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ASUNCION — Paraguay's Congress passed a bill Tuesday creating a state-sponsored system to import marijuana seeds and grow the plant for medical uses, a decision that followed other countries in Latin America.

The landlocked South American nation had authorized the importing of cannabis oil in May, under control of the health ministry, and Tuesday's decision was celebrated by patients and their loved ones for making it more readily available.

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"We are very happy because this will also allow for the import of seeds for oil production," said Roberto Cabanas, vice president of Paraguay's medicinal cannabis organization. His daughter has Dravet syndrome and the family was paying $300 a month for imported cannabis oil.

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