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Hundreds of people are mobilizing in Costa Rica to attend different community workshops that seek to teach for free about the uses of cannabis and alternative medicine.
2018 went down in history as the year where civil society made the leap to community organization. Through the opening of spaces for education and debate, the issue begins to be important for a sector of the sick population that seeks a better quality of life.
Most people are social security patients whose case improved after they tried cannabis, however, they do not have the means to acquire it, so they decide to learn to plant it.
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The first of these was carried out at the end of November, where patients with conditions such as Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, chronic pain, fibromyalgia and others, learned how to perform safely a simple medicinal extraction and basic aspects of cultivation.
All of them are treated by the Costa Rican Social Security Fund (CCSS), but they are evicted and have no real change in their condition, despite being medicated by health professionals.
Two weeks ago the community organized a new event attended by more than 200 people. In this opportunity, a workshop centered on self-cultivation, theoretical aspects of the plant and national news on the subject was held.
These events do not sell, nor do they buy products: they teach how to make them and they encourage sharing.
“This growth shows the impulse that people are trying to find a better life. People in the country suffer from severe diseases and cannabis is an effective option, “said Daniel, one of the attendees.
During 2018, the now ex-minister of health, Giselle Amador, sent a commission to start the process of regulation in the country.
Sources consulted by MCN indicate that the commission is still drafting a regulation between the Ministry of Health and the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock (M.A.G).
“The IAFA is in this commission between medicinal cannabinoids and not-so-medicinal ones,” said the director of the Institute on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (IAFA), Javier Vindas.
The local groups foresee a great national advance in the subject during 2019, with events, talks and if you are lucky, a regulation on the part of the government.
“We consider that it is natural that people are interested, especially in the context of international events (Uruguay, US, Canada, Chile …) also circulates more information and we believe from Agroindoor that we can contribute our bit thanks to the experience we can to contribute “, said Pep, director of Agroindoor.”
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