NEWS Legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes could increase traffic accidents

Legalizing marijuana for recreational purposes could increase traffic accidents

QCOSTARICA – Mauricio Guardia, president of the Colegio de Médicos y Cirujanos de Costa, said the increase in fatal traffic accidents due to marijuana smoking must be taken into account when discussing a bill legalizing the use of marijuana for recreational purposes. Possibilities Rica (School of Medicine)

For Guardia, smoking marijuana can be as intoxicating as drinking alcohol. He also stressed that it is difficult for traffic police authorities to determine when a person is under the influence of drugs.

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“In countries such as the United States, Canada and Uruguay, the use of marijuana has increased, in addition to traffic accidents and cases of psychosis. From an institutional point of view, the country is not ready for this drug,” Guardia said in a statement. told lawmakers on a committee studying the bill Tuesday morning.

If the Legislative Assembly approves a plan proposed by President Rodrigo Chavez, companies that grow or industrialize cannabis for recreational purposes can operate under the free zone regime; however, they will be required to pay a special tax on profits calculated at 1 percent of net income.

Read more: Costa Rican government pushes to legalize marijuana for recreational use

Likewise, consumers of the plant will be able to visit clubs, cafeterias and pharmacies to buy and enjoy products derived from the plant.

Read more: Recreational cannabis bill empowers ICT to promote Costa Rica as responsible consumption destination

The initiative also established a Up to 30 grams for personal consumptionwhile this would allow Self-supporting up to six plantsotherwise, without a sanitation and cultivation license, it will be considered a commercial activity and therefore illegal.

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