The president of the Humanitas360 Institute and advisor to the Institute for Social and Economic Research on Cannabis, Patrícia Villela Marino, participated on October 25th in the public hearing held by the Parliamentary Front for Medicinal Cannabis and Industrial Hemp, coordinated by deputy Caio França in the Legislative Assembly of the State of São Paulo.
In her speech, Patrícia Villela Marino emphasized the need to regulate the supply of Cannabis-based medicines in the public health network in São Paulo, a necessary step after the approval of PL 1,180/2019 in the state. Furthermore, she defended the vote on a federal Cannabis Law, taking PL 399/2015 out of the drawer. The president of H360 concluded by recalling the potential of industrial hemp for the development of a green, regenerative and decarbonizing economy.
“Debating the legalization and regulation of medicinal Cannabis and industrial hemp, this is the democratic movement in Brazil after our redemocratization”, said the president of H360. “And if in the last ten years the scientific evidence is glaring, and the data is overwhelming, today we know that within this spectrum – and I’m not talking about medicinal Cannabis and industrial hemp as the same thing –, we have an economic agenda in place. So don’t tell us that we are defenders of human rights. Because we are, that is already stated. Tell me new things. And the news is that we are defenders of a green economic agenda, decarbonization, soil regeneration, new production matrices.”
Titled “Cannabis and hemp as new production matrices”, the panel was attended by João Paulo Silvério (Anvisa), José Carlos de Faria (Secretariat of Agriculture and Supply), Job Vieira (Embrapa), Bruno Pegoraro (IPSEC) and Marcos Luiz Pessatti (teacher and businessman), in addition to deputies Caio França and Eduardo Suplicy, vice-coordinator of the Parliamentary Front.