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Brazil to study legalization of medical marijuana

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 The Brazilian government says it will study the possibility of legalizing the use of a marijuana derivative to treat people suffering from severe seizures.

   The country's Health Surveillance Agency says in a statement posted on its website that the "reclassification" of a marijuana derivative called cannabidiol, which is banned in Brazil, will be discussed starting next month.

   The statement comes one day after some 40 people protested in Brasilia to demand the legalization of cannabidiol.

   Those who want to use cannabidiol must get special authorization from the Health Surveillance Agency to import it from the United States. Some people seek the derivative from a clandestine network of illegal marijuana growers in Rio de Janeiro state.

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