Panama Becomes First Nation in Central America to Legalize Medical Cannabis

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Recently, the National Assembly of Panama voted to approve the legalization of medical cannabis, becoming the First Nation in Central America to do so.

On August 30, 2021 the national assembly of Panama unanimously voted on the passage of legislation that will allow for the legalization and regulation of medical cannabis (1). This marks Panama as the first nation in Central America to legalize medical cannabis.

The bill would set up a registry of authorized cannabis patients and permit further research on the plant. The national assembly passed the legislation by a vote of 44 lawmakers in favor and none voting against it.


Assembly President Crispiano Adames hailed the bill as "innovative," citing multiple ailments that can be treated with cannabis once the proposal becomes law (2).

The medical cannabis legislation now awaits the signature of President Laurentino Cortizo.