On 15th February, the Cypriot Government voted to join the growing number of EU nations to legalise medicinal cannabis.
Changes to the Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act allows for the cultivation, importation, possession and use of medicinal cannabis.
The law provides for three licenses over the first 15 years, with the intention of attracting experienced international organisations.
Medicinal cannabis will be prescription only, for patients suffering from chronic pain conditions, including those associated with cancer, HIV, rheumatism and glaucoma, and to patients suffering from Tourette’s syndrome and Crohn’s disease.
There is also a provision for free prescriptions to be provided to eligible patients.
The Cyprus Green Party welcomed the changes, “We hope that the process will be launched immediately for hundreds of patients seeking an alternative, non-chemical way to manage their health problems.”
“Although we had proposed many more improvements to this legislation, we believe that the road opens for medical cannabis in Cyprus”.
AKEL MP Irene Charalambides MP gave her reasons for voting against the law, “We could not vote for a law that allows for private cannabis plantations, the moment the police has officially said that they will not be in a position to monitor them.”
She added, “As usual, in Cyprus, we have put the cart before the horse. We have not studied what other countries have done with regards to monitoring these plantations”.