Latin America’s largest economy has recently taken a step closer to allowing domestic medicinal cannabis and industrial hemp cultivation.
On June 8, 2021, the Special Commission of the Brazilian Chamber of Deputies approved PL 399/2015, which would legalize the domestic cultivation of cannabis for medical, veterinary, scientific and industrial purposes. This commission of the lower house of the Brazilian National Congress narrowly approved this law, which must also be passed in the Federal Senate and signed by President Jair Bolsonaro in order to become law. Bolsonaro has previously indicated that he can veto this law if it happens to both Houses.
The Brazilian National Health Surveillance Agency (ANVISA) already allows the import of some drugs made from cannabis. But the price of importing these drugs is prohibitive to many patients who would benefit from their use. With domestic cannabis cultivation approved by companies, patient associations and non-governmental organizations, PL 399/2015 should result in lower prices for Brazil’s cannabis patients if it becomes law.
We will continue to monitor and update this legislation and other cannabis developments in Brazil.