The Verkhovna Rada failed to adopt in the first reading the bill #5596 on legalization of cannabis. 184 MPs voted for it.
The online broadcast of the plenary session can be viewed HERE.
The draft law allows the activities of enterprises cultivating medicinal cannabis after obtaining the appropriate license.
It provides for creation of an authorized body for control over the circulation of medical cannabis. In addition, double control of the Ministry of Interior and the Ministry of Health is introduced over the way of these drugs from manufacturer to patient.
According to the document, medicinal cannabis with a low content of tetrahydrocannabinol are varieties of plants of the genus Cannabis, the content of tetrahydrocannabinol in the dry weight of which is from 0.2 to 1 %; medicinal cannabis with a high content of tetrahydrocannabinol - varieties of plants of the genus Cannabis, the content of tetrahydrocannabinol in the dry weight of which exceeds 1 %; industrial hemp - varieties of plants of the genus Cannabis, the content of tetrahydrocannabinol in the dry weight of which does not exceed 0.2 percent.
It is proposed not to include industrial hemp, products made from them, products of their processing, if the content of tetrahydrocannabinol in the dry weight of such goods or products of processing does not exceed 0.2 percent to narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursors.
Storage and import of cannabis by foreigners and citizens of Ukraine is allowed in an amount determined by a doctor's prescription for such a patient.
In order to obtain a license for production of cannabis, an entity needs a permit from the National Police to use facilities and premises intended for drug distribution. Licenses for the cultivation of medicinal cannabis shall indicate the list of plant varieties that may be cultivated, the characteristics, areas and addresses (geographical coordinates) of the facilities and premises in which such activities are permitted. Such permission is issued to the business entity by the National Police on a gratuitous basis for the term of the license.
MP from Servant of the People Yevhenia Kravchuk said on her Facebook page that after the bill is adopted, Ukrainian patients will have access to treatment and relief of complex diseases, scientists and the pharmaceutical industry will be able to conduct clinical trials according to international standards, development of the pharmaceutical industry will help attract investment to the economy, and Ukraine will fulfill all international obligations and meet modern standards.