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Brazil to study legalization of medical marijuana

Brazil to study legalization of medical marijuana
By RENATA BRITO, Associated Press | December 19, 2014 | Updated: December 19, 2014 3:28pm

RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) Brazil will soon look into the possibility of legalizing the use of a marijuana derivative to treat people suffering from severe seizures.

ANVISA, the country's Health Surveillance Agency says in a statement posted on its website that the "reclassification" of marijuana derivative cannabidiol, which is banned in Brazil, will be discussed starting next month.
The statement came Friday, one day after some 40 people protested in Brasilia to demand the legalization of cannabidiol.

Some people resort to a clandestine network of illegal marijuana growers in Rio de Janeiro state that extract cannabidiol and donate it.

It is that network that supplies Margarete de Brito with the cannabidiol she gives her 5 year-old daughter Sofia, who was born with a genetic mutation that causes seizures.

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http://www.chron.com/news/world/article/Brazil-to-study-legalization-of-medical-marijuana-5968727.php

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