Zelensky supports the legalization of medical cannabis.

Zelensky supports the legalization of medical cannabis.

Ukraine’s president calls for the legalization of medical marijuana to help Ukrainians cope with the trauma of war. In a speech to the Ukrainian parliament on June 28, President Volodymyr Zelensky said that everything possible should be done to help Ukrainians, all our citizens, endure the pain, stress and trauma of war.

No matter how difficult or unusual some ‘solutions’ may seem. ‘ In particular, we must finally legalize cannabis-based medicines for all who need them, with proper scientific research and controlled Ukrainian production.”

Marijuana against the trauma of war

The president stressed that providing access to medical marijuana could be a therapeutic option for citizens who endured more than a year of intense conflict after Russia invaded the country in February 2022.

During his 2019 presidential campaign, Zelensky also expressed support for the legalization of medical cannabis. Zelensky’s cabinet has taken steps to legalize medical marijuana by passing a reform bill last year. This has yet to pass through the cabinet.

Health Minister Viktor Liashko: “We understand the negative impact of the war on mental health. There is no time to wait.” Liashko advocates better patient access to necessary treatment for cancer and post-traumatic stress disorder caused by the war.

Russia vs Ukraine

The policy change would place Ukraine in stark contrast to its long-time aggressor, Russia, which has taken a particularly strong stance against cannabis policy reform at the international level through the United Nations. The country has condemned Canada for legalizing marijuana across the country.

Russia’s Foreign Ministry deputy said last year that legalization in the United States and Canada is “a matter of great concern for us,” according to a social media post on the agency’s official account. “It is worrying that several European Union member states are considering violating their drug control obligations.”

Zelensky’s comments on the legalization of medical cannabis came on the same day that Luxembourg’s parliament voted to legalize adult possession and cultivation of marijuana, becoming the second European Union country to end prohibition.

Source: filtermag.org (EN)

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