Brazil Allows Use of Home-Grown Cannabis for Medical Use

A top court in Brazil has authorized on Tuesday three patients to use home-grown cannabis for their medical treatment. 

The Superior Court of Justice, composed of a five-judge panel, unanimously agreed to authorize three patients to grow cannabis and then extract its oil for pain relief.  

Judge Rogério Schietti said the top court’s panel acted in response to the failure of the government to take a position on the issue. 

“The discourse against this possibility is moralistic. It often has a religious nature, based on dogmas, on false truths, stigmas,” Schietti said.  

“Let us stop this prejudice, this moralism that delays the development of this issue at the legislative, and many times clouds the minds of Brazilian judges,” Schietti added. 

Under Brazilian law, the use of marijuana-derived products is limited, and home cultivation of cannabis for medical use is still illegal. 

In June 2021, President Jair Bolsonaro said, “he disagreed with any authorization for Brazilians to grow marijuana at home, no matter their aim.” 

In South America, only Uruguay has legalized the use of marijuana, including for recreational purposes.  

Last month, Argentina approved a law that would regularize the medical use of cannabis and established a regulatory agency that would control how patients purchase seeds and marijuana-derived products. 

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