Ukraine's presidential candidate Volodymyr Zelensky says it is possible to legalize medical marijuana, as well as prostitution, within limits of a certain Ukrainian city.
"Medical marijuana – I think that this is normal [to legalize it] – it's sold in droplets. By the way, I consulted Yevhen Olehovych Komarovsky [a leading Ukrainian pediatrician] on this matter. Yes, I support legalization of such droplets," he told the RBC Ukraine news agency on April 18.
As for the legalization of prostitution, Zelensky said there should be an opportunity to "sell sex for money" within a certain Ukrainian city.
"Sex for money? Honestly, guys, I think we have the opportunity – and I'll answer all the previous questions here – to set up 'Las Vegas' [in the country]. The society would not mind, as taxes would be paid. Why not give an opportunity to a certain city or territory and open it all there," he added.
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At the same time, the presidential candidate believes that in his hometown, Kryvyi Rih (in Dnipropetrovsk region), "guysn wouldn't understand" such an idea, hinting at the fact that it is an industrial hub.
Zelensky also believes that gambling can be legalized within a certain city.
"Yes, it's about giving an opportunity, taking it all and moving it there. Please, go hang out there. This won't be a closed area. As a result, any abandoned city can be developed in such a way. And here you go," he said.
Earlier, Ukraine's Acting Health Minister Ulana Suprun stood up for the legalization in Ukraine of medical cannabis. In her opinion, the access of some patients to cannabis-based drugs will realize their right to medical care.
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As was earlier reported, the petition to legalize the use of cannabis for medical and scientific purposes in Ukraine gained over 25,000 votes on the parliament's website.
The authors of the petition require legal regulation of patients' access to cannabis preparations for the treatment of chronic pain, epilepsy, anorexia, post-traumatic syndrome, immune system diseases, arthritis and rheumatism, asthma, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Huntington's chorea, herpes, ulcers, weight loss during AIDS, diabetic neuropathy, various forms of sclerosis, etc.