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Uruguay government studies use of marijuana in medical treatment

Uruguayan Public Health sub-secretary Leonel Briozzo has affirmed that the Uruguayan government is considering the official use of marijuana to aid in the treatment of neurological diseases, as well as in the case of terminal illnesses and for patients addicted to harder drugs.

The official explained to Radio Montecarlo that, as part of the implementation of December's law which legalised the use and sale of the drug, the Public Health Ministry was studying "the medicinal use of marijuana."

"Inside the remit of medicinal use there are basically three main action areas: one is in degenerative neurological illnesses, where it is known it has a crucial role; another is in palliative care and pain relief that in some cases helps a great deal in the final stages of life," Briozzo asserted from New York, where he is participating in a United Nations summit.

For the sub-secretary, a third option would be "[marijuana] use in order to diminish consumption of heavier drugs such as 'pasta base' (a cocaine derivative)."

Briozzo spoke before the UN about the work carried out by Uruguayan authorities to present regulation of the law, which will come into effect from mid-April.
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