On Tuesday, the 1st of September, South America’s largest economy took another step towards legalizing cannabis cultivation. The virtual hearing on a draft law that would legalize the cultivation of cannabis in Brazil was attended by experts and representatives of the civil society.
The technical meeting was organized by the lower house’s special commission for regulating medical cannabis. The proposal’s debate was divided into groups of parents, clergy members, physicians, growers, and regulators. Participants were allotted five minutes to share their support, thoughts, or concerns about cannabis. Deputy Luciano Ducci, the proposal’s rapporteur, presented a draft of his opinion during the meeting.
The draft legislation allows Brazilian farmers to grow cannabis for medical and industrial purposes on domestic soil for the first time. The bill was submitted to the country’s lower house of congress by lawmakers Paulo Teixeira and Luciano Ducci.
Opening up Brazil to cultivation and production of cannabis-derived products will significantly impact the country’s economy. This comes when the country is still grappling with the devastation caused by the COVID -19 pandemic.
The special commission proposing the bill was formed in October to analyze medical cannabis commercialization in Brazil.
The bill sets out who would be authorized to cultivate cannabis. A safety plan to meet the requirements set out by the law and production tracking by growers, including seed acquisition and disposal, are part of the conditions that have to be adhered to.
The bill on industrial hemp authorized the production and marketing of any products obtained as long as they were not intended for medical use. Cannabis-derived food products can be produced and marketed as long as they were THC-free.
On the other hand, medical cannabis for human or veterinary use is to be grown in greenhouses, and formulations with a THC level equal to or less than 0.3% are to be enacted.
The speakers who were not listed on the prehearing program included lawmakers Diego Garcia, Osmar Terra, Natalia Bonavide, Pero Cunha, and Marcelo Calero.