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Medicinal marijuana provided at cost price

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 30 August 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:501
  1. Tony Sheldon
  1. Utrecht

    Dozens of Dutch “coffee shops” have organised a national campaign to provide medicinal marijuana at cost price after the government banned doctors and pharmacists from prescribing the drug.

    The health inspectorate banned the prescribing of marijuana in August, acting on a recent report by the Dutch Health Council which concluded that there was insufficient proof of its medicinal benefits. The health minister, Professor Els Borst Eilers, said that she was unable to make a medical exception to the Netherlands' opium law controlling drugs. Although marijuana …

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