News of the Week - August 11th, 2017

Colombian government issues rules for the medical and scientific use of cannabis

The Ministries of Justice, Agriculture and Health issued three resolutions related to Law 1787 of July 6, 2016, which enables the medical and scientific use of cannabis and its derivatives in Colombia.

According to the regulations there will be four types of licenses: for the manufacture of cannabis derivatives, use of sowing seeds, cultivation of psychoactive cannabis plants and cultivation of non-psychoactive cannabis plants.

The first resolution is 577, of the Ministry of Justice and Law, which regulates from a technical perspective the evaluation and monitoring of the licenses granted by its Subdirectorate for the Control of Chemical and Narcotic Substances, in the use of sowing seeds and the cultivation of psychoactive and non-psychoactive cannabis plants.

The provisions of the document deal with license application and license quotas; as well as the grounds and requirements for the modification and cancellation of said applications and the granting of supplementary quotas. It also explains the safety protocol (differentiated between national small and medium growers, producers and marketers of medicinal cannabis), previous and subsequent control visits, and the monitoring of licenses and quotas.

The second resolution is 578, also of the Ministry of Justice, it establishes the fee manual corresponding to the assessment and monitoring services that natural and legal persons seeking the licenses granted by the Subdirectorate for Control of Chemical and Narcotic Substances must pay.

The ministries have established additional fees during the initial licensing process, which relates to the nature of the property to be cultivated and scientific review.

The licenses will have a cost that is between 537,291 pesos and 30,277,421 pesos depending on the category and terms.

The resolutions also establish fees for the modifications of licenses, obtaining of extraordinary authorizations, allocation of supplementary quotas, license extension for small and medium grower's associative schemes, producers and marketers of medicinal cannabis, and the for of payment for the license (either completer or in installments).

The third and last resolution is 579, of the ministries of Justice, Agriculture and Health, which defines national small and medium growers, producers and marketers of medicinal cannabis as natural persons whose total plant cultivation area does not exceed 0.5 hectares, that is, 5,000 square meters. It also establishes a verification mechanism for said condition and the reasons it might be lost.

These provisions provide a legal framework to Law 1787 of July 6, 2016, that allows safe and informed access to the medical and scientific use of cannabis and its derivatives, regulated by Decree 613 of April 10, 2017.

For more information visit the following links:
Who can be considered small and medium-sized medicinal cannabis cultivators? 
Regulation of the access to the medical and scientific use of cannabis
License for the cultivation of non-psychoactive cannabis plants