The national government approved the research project on the cannabis cultivation for medical and scientific research purposes. The decision was confirmed through the Resolution 3236/2021 of the Ministry of Health, published this Thursday in the Official bulletin.
The initiative was presented by the Environment Research Center (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 Seed Institute (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 the aforementioned standard.
As explained in the resolution signed by the holder 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 non-conventional treatments, quarterly progress reports detailing the status of its execution.
Among other actions, the program aims to promote 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.
The CIM, the body that requested the Executive Power to approve the aforementioned project, specified that it will be carried out on the properties located in the San Vicente Industrial Park (km 62 of Provincial Route No. 6) and at the UNLP CIM on Boulevard 120 N ° 1489 of the city of La Plata.
“The research project on the cultivation of cannabis for medical and scientific research purposes its purpose is to produce a quality and stabilized product that can be used for research purposes “, was indicated in the ministerial resolution published this morning in the Official Gazette.
On the other hand, the different intervening organisms must “tend to the traceability of the 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 to which the legislation refers ”.
As specified in the annex to the resolution, the State will import the corresponding seeds that are approved by INASE, ANMAT and SENASA. Then they will proceed to planting them in the CIM, in pots in a greenhouse and in a cultivation container.
The inflorescences will be collected and transported to the laboratory in double labeled containers and kept in storage until their use in the analysis at the Center for Environmental Research, as well as 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.”
By the end of the first year, those involved in the project should prepare a complete report with the results on “the different processes studied and discussing their potentialities and limitations to be used in this project.”
“This development allows small producers, whether private or state-owned, to have access to the technologies necessary for production adapted to local needs and conditions,” it was indicated in reference to the production of products derived from the cannabis plant for purposes therapeutic, cosmetic, food.