August 12th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) Costa Rica’s Health Minister, Dr. Maria Elena Lopez, says she supports a medical marijuana bill that was presented to the country’s Legislative Assembly yesterday.
“Marijuana has been used for various therapeutic purposes,” Lopez said.
Marvin Delgado Atencio, the PAC lawmaker who presented the bill, said yesterday that medical marijuana and products derived from it could be a significant source of tax revenue, estimating it could generate some $20 million annually for the State.
“The bill includes concessions, licenses, permits and a tax of 7%,” Atencio said.
The bill would create a research institute attached to the Ministry of Health, which would be responsible for conducting studies and granting licenses and permits. The institute would also be in charge of issuing prescription cards for consumers.
Products that could be derived from medical marijuana include pills, suppositories, transdermal patches, ointments, suspensions and more.
Atencio said medical marijuana would be provided for free as part of Costa Rica’s public health system (CCSS) to patients that required it, and would also be available in the private sector healthcare system.