On December 21, the Associated Press reported that Ukraine’s parliament voted to legalize medical marijuana after the war with Russia caused thousands of people to suffer from “post-traumatic stress disorder.” Many people believe that the condition can be alleviated with medication.
The new law, which will take effect in six months and also allows the use of cannabis for scientific and industrial purposes, was approved by 248 votes in Kyiv's 401-seat parliament. Details of the vote were not provided at the time. The law was proposed by Prime Minister Denys Smyhal.
The possibility of legalizing medical cannabis has been debated in Ukraine for a long time. Many support the therapeutic benefits of cannabis, while others worry that legalizing medical marijuana will lead to drugs flooding onto the streets of Ukrainian cities.
The measure imposes strict controls on the production and sale of marijuana. Any medicine containing cannabis requires a doctor's prescription. Recreational use of marijuana remains a criminal offense.