A Brazilian court has authorized three patients to grow marijuana for medical purposes. The decision is likely to be applied countrywide.
The country’s Superior Court of Justice unanimously agreed that the patients can cultivate cannabis and extract its oil for use in relieving pain. Brazilian law currently limits the medical use of marijuana-derived products to imported goods.
Brazil’s health ministry is yet to regulate home grows for medical use, which puts anyone doing it at the risk of arrest.
A judge said the court acted because the government had failed to take a scientific position on the issue.
Earlier this month, Thailand decriminalized marijuana cultivation and use.