Parliament has given the first reading to the bill on medical cannabis (7457), with 268 MPs votinh in favour, MP Olha Stefanyshyna said on Facebook.
The bill was supported by 183 MPs from the Servant of the People party, 10 from European Solidarity, one from Fatherland, 16 from Platform for Life and Peace (formerly OPFL), 19 from Voice, eight from Restoration of Ukraine (formerly OPFL), and 12 from Trust (Dovira). The Chesno movement wrote that the factions had different opinions on this document.
In February, the document was recommended for approval by the parliamentary committee. It was submitted for consideration in the first reading in June 2022, after which amendments were added to the document.
Health Minister Viktor Lyashko said that the government bill seeks to simplify patients' access to medicines made from raw materials contained in cannabis plants.
"These [conditions] include neurological diseases (such as multiple sclerosis, epilepsy), chronic pain of neuropathic origin, and palliative care in terms of pain relief and sleep," the minister said.