The Lithuanian parliament voted on Thursday to legalize medicines containing cannabis.
© Shutterstock nuotr.

The respective amendments were passed with 90 votes in favor, none against and three abstentions and will come into force next May.

The amendments to the Law on Pharmacy and the Law on the Control of Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances will allow the medicinal use of such medicinal products if their safety and efficacy are proven by scientific research and if these products are registered.

MP Mykolas Majauskas, a conservative lawmaker who spearheaded efforts to legalize medical cannabis, said the control of such preparations would be strictly regulated to ensure psychotropic substance are not used for entertainment.

"What it (the bill) ensures is not that 'weed' will be available in pharmacies and one will be able to buy it and smoke before a party. It says very clearly that EU-registered medicines containing cannabis, will be prescribed, under strict supervision by doctors, to patients suffering from multiple sclerosis, cancer and autoimmune diseases," Majauskas told the parliament.

"This is a historic decision, the first step that will ensure that medicines, at least those registered in the EU, will be available to patients in Lithuania," he added.

Under the law, such medicines will be subject to extremely strict rules of use, accounting and dispensing to patients.

Lithuania's existing legislation makes no distinction between medicinal and recreational cannabis. The Law on Pharmacy only allows the medicinal use of substances that are on List II of Narcotic and Psychotropic Substances. Cannabis is now on List I of prohibited substances.

BNS
It is prohibited to copy and republish the text of this publication without a written permission from UAB „BNS“.
Leave a comment
or for anonymous commenting click here
By posting, you agree to terms
Read comments Read comments

Public trust in media up in Lithuania – survey

Public trust in the media is growing in Lithuania amid Prime Minister Saulius Skvernelis ' excuses on...

Gap grows between Lithuania's TS-LKD, LVŽS in popularity rating – survey

The opposition conservative Homeland Union – Lithuanian Christian Democrats are going up the...

Lithuanians see Nausėda, Šimonytė as their potential new president – survey

Lithuanian MP Ingrida Šimonytė , representing the opposition conservative Homeland Union –...

Ušackas says he'll run for Lithuanian president only if he wins TS-LKD primaries

Diplomat Vygaudas Ušackas says he will run for Lithuanian president only if he wins the primaries...

Armonaitė steps down as Lithuanian Liberal Movement's vice-chairwoman

MP Aušrinė Armonaitė is stepping down as the Lithuanian Liberal Movement 's vice-chairwoman and...