The head of the PAC has proposed an interesting law that would regulate free cannabis use. If passed, this would allow the production and commercialization in Costa Rica and also exports.
It would allow for the use of cannabis in Costa Rica in all its forms, with the only limitation being that it couldn’t be smoked in places that don’t allow the smoking of tobacco.
Similar initiatives were beneficial in Uruguay, Mexico, Canada, and 16 states in the U.S.
Sales of cannabis and its derivatives could reach ₡100,000 million annually, or 0.32% of the GDP. That would mean it carries more weight in the gross domestic product than coffee, sugar, tobacco, bananas, and pineapple.
It would also create many job opportunities. Licenses would be given mainly to small and medium agricultural producers who are registered and regulated by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock.
Having a legal framework to grow and sell this product responsibly would lower drug trafficking and crime as well as problems from laced products sold on the street. The origin of plants, seeds, parts, and by-products would be traceable and safer.