Deputies approved medical cannabis projects, HIV and construction incentives

The Chamber of Deputies converted this Thursday, May 5 into law the project that will govern public and private investment in the medical cannabis production chain and Industrial hemp (155 votes in favor, 56 against and 19 abstentions); while gave half sanction to the norm that seeks to give incentives to construction through a new money laundering. In addition, The project that proposes a new HIV law was also approved and turned over to the Senate., after several failed attempts over nine years. This initiative seeks to provide a response to people with Human Immunodeficiency Virus, viral hepatitis, tuberculosis and other sexually transmitted diseases. In this case, the norm had broad support, with 241 votes in favor and 8 against. The session had 25 absences.

While, on the issue of the Single Ballot, the opposition could not get two thirds so that this point is debated on tablesbut got a important advanceby summoning the ruling party so that the commissions for Constitutional Affairs, Justice and the Deputies’ Budget should address that issue from next week, and they will have a month to reach an opinion. In that vote, the opposition prevailed with 132 votes against 116 against the ruling party and there were 3 abstentions.

The first of these debates for the Single Ballot will be on Wednesday 11, and will continue on May 17, 24, and 31. According to that calendar, the bill would be in a position to be discussed in the chamber at the beginning of June. Deputy Mario Negri considered that “the Single Ballot means talking about electoral transparency, putting an end to the suspicion of cheating.”

The opposition added the support of the Federal interbloc, the United Provinces interbloc, the four Liberal deputies -from Avanza Libertad and La Libertad Avanza-, Rolando Figueroa from Neuquén and Felipe Álvarez from La Rioja, as well as from the deputy Romina Del Plá, from the FIT-PO, which supported the summons unlike the other 3 legislators of that leftist space, Myriam Bregman, Nicolas Del Caño and Alejandro Vilcaque, they abstained.

The 116 votes against, meanwhile, were mostly from the Front of All and from Santa Cruz. Claudio Vidal, of the BE block.

“Cannabis, a federal industry”

The debate on the medical cannabis law had moments of high tension, and defending it from the sidewalk of the Front of All, Buenos Aires deputy Mara Brawer pointed out that “it is a federal project that will generate many jobs”, highlighting that ” in the world there are approximately 25 thousand uses for the hemp plant, of which all its parts are used, from the root to the leaves”. “This is a sustainable industry with the environment,” she concluded.

Your block mate, Caroline Gaillardremarked that “this regulatory framework law for the productive development of industrial cannabis and industrial hemp cannot wait, because it guarantees that families can access a safe and quality product. In this sense, it complements Law 27,350, of the medicinal use of cannabis. There are thousands of families who are waiting for this ruling, the pain cannot wait”.

“In addition, it is a great opportunity for Argentina, since it contributes foreign currency and creates jobs in all regions of our country. It is estimated that it can generate 500 million dollars a year in the domestic market and 50 million dollars in annual exports. “, complete.

Jimena Latorre, the deputy who suffers from cancer, was applauded in Deputies for going to the session

For Together for Change, the radical Ricardo Buryaile (Chairman of the Committee on Agriculture and Livestock) remarked that “Approving this project is not a carte blanche for consumption or drug trafficking. It is simply starting a stage in Argentina where the production that thousands and thousands of mothers make today for their children is legalized.”

He recalled that “in 2017, Law 27,350 was passed, which established a regulatory framework for medical and scientific research on medicinal cannabis and its derivatives, but it was insufficient to reach society, a step that we intend to take today. We are establishing that the stages of production and marketing for therapeutic purposes are contemplated in the law, something that did not happen until today”.

“We are betting on public health, on thousands of people whose treatment we are going to improve, we are going to improve their quality of life. It is not the best project, it is perfectible, this is a step forward,” he emphasized.

Against the initiative, the deputy Grace Ocana, of the PRO, justified that “the bureaucratic apparatus of magnitude -which is created to implement the law- is going to bring an enormous expense and not a benefit for the health issue, that is why I do not support the project”.

For Buenos Aires Identity, Graciela Camano, also fixed its rejection, warning that “The State does not have policies to combat drugs or addictions, in this framework we have come to put a new commodity under the guise of medical cannabis. It is clear that what comes next is the legalization of marijuana.”

Less money laundering taxes

In the case of the project referring to incentives to encourage construction, that allows taxes to be reduced in the specific framework of unregistered money laundering, the opinion had been agreed upon in the General Legislation Commission. The rule extends the period for laundering funds for one year if they are destined for housing construction. The forecast is that up to 4 billion dollars could enter through this channel.

The law was approved with 171 votes, there were 20 votes against and 45 abstentions, mostly from the Civic Coalition and Radicalism, (mostly Radicals) and 20 rejections (including those from the Civic Coalition).


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