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The medical marijuana measure, named Law 595, would “authorize and regulate the medicinal use of cannabis,” the legislative body said in a tweet.

The bill is the project of José Castillo, president of the assembly’s Health Commission, who first introduced it in November. He said the measure is aimed at helping the seriously ill, so “they don’t feel like contrabandistas” when they access their medicine.

Castillo said that private companies would play a role in the program, “if they provide employment and development, pay taxes.” But he was clear the such businesses would be restricted to importing and distribution — not production or cultivating. “This project will de-penalize the introduction of medications into the country,” Castillo said, according to the Spanish news agency EFE.

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