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October 25, 2020

MPs debate regular motion on ethno-botanicals

The Chamber of Deputies yesterday debated a regular motion from the opposition regarding ethno-botanical drugs, a document that accuses the Health Ministry and the Interior Ministry of “inaction” in solving the problem. “The inaction of the Health Ministry and the Interior Ministry, which took no measures to see that the law is respected, is even more condemnable,” the text of the motion reads. Authors of the motion also accuse the Emil Boc government of “rather legalizing consumption of such substances than incriminating it” and warn that the 2011 budget does not include any funds for drug use prevention programmes.

Present at debates on the motion, Health Minister Cseke Attila said the opposition politicized the topic and “common interest” was forgot in the political battle. “I understand the political battle and the opposition’s role, but I cannot agree to see a phenomenon regarding an important part of society being politicized,” Cseke said. A final vote on the regular motion is scheduled to be held today.

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