Germany has legalised cannabis for medical purposes with the law taking effect in March.
Although patients could be treated with cannabis products before they required a special license from the government, but now a doctor can prescribe it and claim expenses from health insurance companies.
Germany legalising medical cannabis will mean Germany will join Italy & Czech republic on the list of EU countries allowing cannabis to be used for medical purposes.
Those suffering from chronic pain, nausea or appetite related illnesses will have the chance to be offered cannabis under their new law, however, only in “very limited exceptional cases” will the patient actually be prescribed it.
Hermann Gröhe, the health minister, says: “Those who are severely ill need to get the best possible treatment and that includes health insurance funds paying for cannabis as a medicine for those who are chronically ill if they can’t be effectively treated any other way.”
Cannabis last resort
A woman from the health ministry said cannabis would only be used as a last resort and a scientific study will be getting carried out to see if using cannabis for medical purposes will actually work.
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