Over a thousand seriously ill people can buy marijuana for therapy

Around 1000 people in Germany are allowed to buy cannabis for self-therapy
Marijuana is not used for intoxication, but also for medical purposes. According to a media report, around 1,000 people in Germany are allowed to buy cannabis for self-therapy. In the future there will also be marijuana on sick leave.

Marijuana used to treat pain
Marijuana is not only consumed as an intoxicant. In medicine, it has long been used, among other things, for the treatment of chronic pain or against spastic paralysis and cramps in multiple sclerosis (MS). The effect against complaints such as nausea and vomiting has also been scientifically proven. In addition, cannabis is said to be helpful against migraines, as US researchers reported in the journal "Pharmacotherapy".

Exceptional permission to buy cannabis in the pharmacy
Last summer, 90 percent of Germans voted in a poll for easier access to cannabis for patients.

As reported by the dpa news agency, 1,004 people in Germany currently have an exemption to buy marijuana for medical self-therapy in a pharmacy.

This came from a response from the federal government to a parliamentary question, the newspapers of the Funke media group write.

Accordingly, 452 approvals were granted in the current year alone. On April 6, the Federal Administrative Court allowed the first patient in Germany to grow cannabis for medicinal purposes. In the meantime, two people have permission.

Remove bureaucratic hurdles
The Left Party, which made the request, is calling for more liberal practice. "If you really want to help cannabis patients, you have to remove all bureaucratic hurdles," said the party's drug policy spokesman, Frank Tempel, according to the dpa. "The simpler the regulation, the better for the patients."

In the future, pain patients should be able to get marijuana on prescription in the pharmacy. The German government launched a corresponding bill in May.

As Federal Minister of Health Hermann Gröhe (CDU) said at the time, the cost of marijuana as medicine for the seriously ill should be covered by your health insurance. The government rejects a general cannabis release. (ad)

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Video: Medical marijuana: Mayo Clinic Radio (September 2021).