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Germany considers legalising cannabis for medical use

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 05 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5952
  1. Ned Stafford
  1. 1Hamburg

Germany’s health ministry has drafted a proposed new law that would create a government operated “cannabis agency” to oversee production of marijuana and its distribution for use in cannabis based medicines to treat pain and other ailments.

Currently cannabis can be used for medical treatment in Germany if it is prescribed by doctors, but it is generally not covered by health insurance, and the use of cannabis based medicines in Germany is negligible. Under the proposed law cannabis based medicines prescribed by doctors would …

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