The Ukrainian Association of Medical Cannabis was the initiator of the petition.
A petition with a proposal to legalize the use of cannabis in Ukraine for medical and scientific purposes has gained the necessary 25,000 signatures for its consideration by the Ukrainian Parliament (Verkhovna Rada) Committee. According to the parliamentary portal, by the night of March 13, the petition was signed by 25,210 people. Legally, the Ukrainian Parliament has to publish a notice on the commencement of considering the petition within a period of three business days on its website.
The petition requires legislative regulation of patients' access to drugs based on cannabis for chronic pain and for the treatment of a number of diseases, including Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, epilepsy, anorexia, herpes, various forms of multiple sclerosis, and others.
Many People's Deputies called for changes in existing legislation to create proper conditions for the full use of the plant in medical and scientific activities. Among the initiators of the petition were such People's Deputies as Georgiy Logvinskyi, Mustafa Dzhemilev, Alexander Opanasenko, Refat Chubarov and others. The total bill was signed by 102 people's deputies of Ukraine.
The head of the Ministry of Health of Ukraine Uliana Suprun also expressed support for the use of cannabis for medical and scientific purposes and supported the petition.
On May 20, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine registered the Bill on Amendments to Certain Legislative Acts of Ukraine on the Enforcement of the Fundamental Right to Life, which regulates the use of medical cannabis in medicine and science. The announcement was made on the official web-portal of the Parliament. The Bill was assigned the number 10313.
Activists have appealed to all political forces to join efforts to urgently approve Bill №10313 “On ensuring the fundamental human right to life,” which should establish the legal framework for the use of cannabis in medicine and scientific research. Activists and people concerned want to see the willingness and readiness of political parties to uphold the human right to life and protection of their health. It is a civilization duty of the state to respond to the demand of scientists, doctors, and two million medical patients who need treatment with drugs based on cannabis.
As the UAMC Head Gennady Shabas stated:
"This bill envisages the very way in which cannabis will be grown within the pharmaceutical industry, who will control this process, how and for whom doctors will prescribe these drugs based on cannabis, and how this will happen in Ukraine at all. All this needs to be fully regulated."