The Albanian parliament approved a bill on the cultivation of cannabis for medical and industrial purposes in the country.
The draft law on “controlling the cultivation and processing of cannabis plants and the production of its derivatives for medical and industrial purposes” received the approval of 69 out of 140 deputies, 23 deputies opposed the bill, and 3 abstained from voting.
Addressing the parliamentary session, Albanian Minister of Health and Social Protection Ugerta Manastirlio said the bill is a joint initiative of the Ministry of Health, Social Protection, Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ministry of Interior.
Noting that they made an in-depth analysis of international best practices and experiences on this topic, Manastirlio said: “Cultivating cannabis for medical purposes creates great economic opportunities. On the other hand, the use of cannabis in medical treatments is equally important.” He said.
The concerned law aims to organize and ensure the process of monitoring and supervising the cultivation, processing, production, circulation and export of cannabis for medical and industrial purposes.
According to the Albanian authorities, the law also aims to increase economic activity in the country.
The bill, which attracted a reaction from medical students, was also approved
On the other hand, in the same session, Parliament approved the draft law on “employment of medical students in Albania”.
In the past few days, students have protested against the bill.
According to the bill announced by the government on July 5, students admitted to the first year of medical school must sign a contract stating that they will work in Albania for 5 years after completing their education.
The bill stipulates that second to fourth year students must work for 3 years, and fifth and sixth year students must work for two years, or students in these two groups will pay tuition fees for the remaining years at a tariff set by the government.
According to the authorities, the bill aims to meet the needs of the health system and prevent doctors from traveling abroad for work.
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