Ukraine To Vote On Legalising Medical Cannabis In Consultation
Sumaira FH 8 months ago Fri 16th October 2020 | 07:09 PM
President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday said Ukraine would vote later this month in a non-binding consultation on whether to legalise medical cannabis as well as on other social issues, saying the move was overdue
Kiev, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 16th Oct, 2020 ) :President Volodymyr Zelensky on Friday said Ukraine would vote later this month in a non-binding consultation on whether to legalise medical cannabis as well as on other social issues, saying the move was overdue.
"On the territory of our country, it (medical cannabis) is totally illegal", but "the world is changing and we must draw conclusions and make changes to our social contract," the presidency said in a statement.
"According to preliminary estimates, at least two million Ukrainians need" cannabis for therapeutic use, it said.
In addition to the legalisation of medical cannabis, the other four questions are related to such topics like the reduction of the number of lawmakers or introduction of life imprisonment for high-level corruption.
The opposition denounced Zelensky's idea of the consultation as an attempt to mobilise the voters as his popularity is declining.
Faced with criticism, the presidency insisted that this consultation would not have "direct legal consequences" but will allow "every citizen to express themselves on important issues".
With lack of palpable changes, both his own and his party's popularity ratings have continued to decline.
According to an opinion poll in September, 35 percent of Ukrainians were satisfied with the president's policies and 57 percent said they were dissatisfied.