Medical Marijuana Legalized in Germany
Germany’s health minister, Herman Grohe, announced Tuesday the 4th of May 2016 that Germany is about lo legalize medical cannabis next year.
Cannabis will be available only for serious illnesses like glaucoma, cancer, HIV, Hepatitis C and other severe conditions.
Herman Grohe also made a statement: ”Our goal is that seriously ill patients are treated in the best possible way”, adding “we want that for the seriously ill patients, the cost of cannabis as a medicine will be taken by their health insurance, if they cannot be helped otherwise” He will bring the draft legislation in front of the German cabinet on Wednesday.
Grohe has also admitted that cannabis is “not an inoffensive substance” and he highlighted that the medical cannabis will be only available in pharmacies and with a prescription.
Medical marijuana is becoming more popular in many parts of the world due to the ease on cannabis use laws. Despite that, the use of medical or recreational cannabis is disputed in many countries. The opponents fear that cannabis will lead to harder drug addiction and can be crime connected.
“Without wishing to pre-judge the work of the Bundestag (lower house of parliament), it is likely that the law will come into force in the spring of 2017”, Herman said to Die Welt, the German daily newspaper.
The law will also authorize specialized plantations to grow cannabis. Until those plantations are established, Germany will import cannabis from other countries.
The German minister has remarked that the Health Ministry is about to initiate the research into the medical effects of cannabis.
German laws on cannabis
Betäubungsmittelgesetz (The German Narcotic Law) states that possession of minor amounts of cannabis is not required to be prosecuted by the authorities, unless when public safety is in danger.
Despite this statement, the minor amount is perceived differently from state to state. In Bavaria possession of two or three grams is considered a small amount, but on the other side, in Berlin, possession of up to 15 grams carries no consequences.