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Costa Rica’s president vetoes medical marijuana legalization

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Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado Quesada arrives at the National Cemetery in Seoul, South Korea, November 23, 2021. REUTERS/Kim Hong Ji

SAN JOSE (Reuters) – Costa Rican President Carlos Alvarado on Thursday opposed the legalization of medical marijuana, citing health and security reasons, and sought changes to a bill that Congress backed last year before it approved it.

The Costa Rican Congress approved the production and processing of cannabis for medicinal purposes in October.

On Twitter, Alvarado said he supports the medical use of cannabis but that legislation needs changes to limit cultivation and individual consumption.

“I am confident they will be accepted and the law will come into effect soon,” said Alvarado, whose term ends in May.

It is scheduled to return the proposal to another vote in the Congress, which is dominated by opposition parties.

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