Costa Ricans have been waiting on bated breath for the President to respond to the “Law Of Cannabis For Medicinal And Therapeutic Use And Hemp For Food And Industrial Use In Costa Rica.” On Thursday, he finally did, and it was a veto.
Did President Alvarado throw out the baby with the bathwater?
No, he did not. The president has asked for some modifications to be made to the proposed cannabis and hemp act. He went ahead to promise that once this was done he would move ahead to sign the bill. This is how part of the statement reads:
“I want to say categorically that I support medical cannabis. This is to alleviate people with various diseases and I even have close and very dear people who need it. And I also support industrial hemp, because it will help agricultural production and economic revival. Let’s make this very clear: I agree with all these objectives and I want to be able to sign this law”.
However, the president raised issues with certain technicalities in the proposed bill. The first issue had to do with self-consumption and the other had to do with home cultivation of cannabis. According to the president, these two aspects would jeopardize the legitimate aspects of the bill and put the health and safety of the public at risk.
The hemp association of Costa Rica and other cannabis enthusiasts are hopeful that cannabis legalization in Costa Rica is only a matter of when and not if. However, there is some waiting to do since the legislature will be in recession until February 7th.