The Government approved a UNLP project to investigate the medicinal use of cannabis

The national government approved a UNLP project to investigate the medicinal use of cannabis. Through Resolution 3236/2021 of the Ministry of Health published this Thursday in the Official Gazette, the initiative presented by the La Plata study house to create scientific evidence on the medical benefits of the marijuana plant was approved.

The project was promoted by the Center for Environmental Research (CIM, Conicet-UNLP) within the framework of Law 27,350, which establishes the regulatory framework for medical and scientific research on the medicinal, therapeutic and / or palliative use of the cannabis plant and its derivatives for pain. In this sense, the Executive Power gave intervention to the National Institute of Seeds (INASE) as “regulatory body of the conditions of production, dissemination, management and conditioning of the organs of propagation of the species in order to allow the traceability of plant products and comply with” to the aforementioned standard.

As explained in the resolution signed by the head of the sanitary portfolio, Carla Vizzotti, the person in charge of the approved project must submit to the program for the study and research of the medicinal use of the cannabis plant, its derivatives and unconventional treatments, quarterly reports of progress detailing the state of execution of the same. Among other actions, it has the purpose of carrying out research in order to generate “Quality scientific evidence that allows human patients to access the cannabis plant and its derivatives safely”, as well as promoting research carried out by CONICET, and other science and technical organizations.

Likewise, from the CIM they detailed that the same It will be held at the UNLP premises on Boulevard 120 N ° 1489 in our city and in the San Vicente Industrial Park (km 62 of Provincial Route N ° 6): “The research project on the cultivation of cannabis for medical and scientific research purposes aims to produce a quality and stabilized product that can be used for research purposes ”, Was indicated in the ministerial resolution.

Along these lines, it was specified that the different intervening organizations must “to tend to the traceability of cannabis material in terms of the conditions of production, diffusion, handling and conditioning of both the plant organs and in subsequent instances in the production of the oil and thus achieve the quality referred to in the legislation ”. In this way The State will import the corresponding seeds that are approved by INASE, ANMAT and SENASA and then proceed to plant them in the CIM, in greenhouse pots and in cultivation containers.

Meanwhile, they pointed out that the inflorescences will be collected and transported to the laboratory in double labeled containers and kept in storage until their use in the analyzes at the Center for Environmental Research, as well as the oils and resins. While the remaining materials or residues from the tests will be destroyed “by composting” in CIM facilities or “removed through the hazardous waste collection system.”

It is worth noting that, when the first year ends, those involved in the project must prepare a complete report with the results on “the different processes studied and discussing their potentialities and limitations to be used in this project”:

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