Increasingly countries are allowing the use of cannabis for therapeutic ends. The drug in particular provides relief from illnesses such as multiple sclerosis, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, or for those suffering from pains or spasms.
The cannabis agency would work under the auspices of the Federal Agency of Medicines. It will be permitted to supply authorizations for future plantations and producers, and will manage cannabis crop harvests. The agency will also ensure the monopoly on cannabis imports and exports. The agency will make cannabis available for pharmacists and hospitals.
On Tuesday, the proposed law received the support of all political groups, except for the N-VA (Nieuw-Vlaamse Alliantie) which abstained. Parliament is yet to fully discuss and understand the legislation in a plenary session.