Peru may soon join the list of countries that allow the use and production of marijuana for medical purposes. The country’s Congressional Committee on National Defense has approved a bill that would legalize the medical cannabis and if approved by legislators, Peru will become the next Latin American nation that supports medical marijuana, after Columbia, Chile, and Mexico.
The bill was proposed by the President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski, after the police raided a cannabis lab run by a group of mothers last week. The women were growing cannabis and making oil to treat their children’s medical conditions.
The move sparked a public uproar and led to a push for legalizing marijuana. The proposed bill would allow patients to use cannabis oil for treatment of a series of medical conditions, including cancer, epilepsy, Parkinson’s disease, and others.
About 65 percent of the Peruvians support the legalization of medical cannabis, while only 13 percent approve the recreational use, according to a recent poll.