Carlos Alvarado Quesada

Costa Rica’s president Carlos Alvarado Quesada vetoed the legalisation of medicinal cannabis last week on health and security grounds. 

The country’s Congress had approved a bill allowing the production and processing of medicinal cannabis in October 2021, but Alvarado Quesada is seeking limits on individual cultivation and consumption before he will approve it.

On Twitter, the president said he supported the medicinal use of cannabis, and trusted the changes “will be accepted and the law will be in force soon”. 

The proposal will go to another vote in the opposition-dominated Congress. Alvarado Quesada’s term ends in May.

Prior to launching Cannabiz, Martin was co-founder and CEO of Asia-Pac’s leading B2B media and marketing information brand Mumbrella, overseeing its sale to Diversified Communications in 2017. A journalist...