Paraguay will commence accepting applications for the domestic production of cannabis for health-related and analysis purposes subsequent month, according to an announcement created final week by the country’s overall health minister. Julio Mazzolini, the minister of public overall health and social welfare, mentioned in a press conference in Asunción on Thursday that a resolution to establish the guidelines to apply for the country’s initially industrial cannabis production licenses had been authorized by the ministry.

Licenses for 5 vertically integrated cannabis cultivation and manufacturing operations will be out there. The National Overall health Surveillance (Dirección Nacional de Vigilancia Sanitaria/DNVS) will accept applications for the 5 licenses from October 1 by means of 31. Applicants will be expected to incorporate a certificate of great manufacturing practices a strategy for cannabis cultivation, transportation, and safety and a separate strategy for exports, if applicable. The applicants that are awarded the licenses will be expected to place them into use inside 24 months.

Arnaldo Giuzzio, the chief of Paraguay’s anti-drug agency (Secretaría Nacional Antidrogas/SENAD), told the press that licenses would only be out there to operations positioned in the Central Division, the smallest but most populated of Paraguay’s 17 departments.

Healthcare Cannabis Legalized in 2017

Paraguay legalized the health-related use of cannabis in 2017 and a decree to regulate the national system was authorized the following year. Qualifying participants beneath the national system are assured totally free access to hemp oil and other cannabis derivatives.

Beneath the decree, licensed producers will be expected to donate two% of their production to the Ministry of Overall health, a provision reiterated by Mazzolini at Thursday’s press conference. The ministry will distribute the goods to domestic individuals with a established scientific need to have totally free of charge.

Only individuals with a situation for which there is scientific proof that cannabis could be a valuable remedy will be eligible for the national system. The nature and quantity of expected proof are not clear. So far, the use of health-related cannabis has been authorized for the remedy of refractory seizures, epilepsy, Parkinson’s illness, and other qualifying discomfort circumstances.

Outdoors of the national system, a handful of individuals who have demonstrated an exceptional need to have have received authorization to import cannabis goods for health-related purposes. A single such patient is an adolescent with a uncommon type of serious epilepsy recognized as Lennox-Gastaut syndrome.

Also final Thursday, Paraguay’s Senate authorized a bill that would permit the possession and house cultivation of health-related cannabis for certified individuals and caregivers beneath particular circumstances. The bill will have to also be authorized by the country’s Chamber of Deputies ahead of becoming law.