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  1. Beenthere2Hippie
    BERLIN-- German lawmakers have approved legislation that would allow some patients to get cannabis as a prescription-only medication.

    Parliament's lower house passed the bill unanimously on Thursday. The vote clears the way for the law to take effect in March.

    Health Minister Hermann Groehe has stressed the move does not mean marijuana will be legal for non-medical purposes.

    Groehe says: "Seriously ill people must be cared for in the best way possible" and that includes allowing the public health system to fund cannabis prescriptions for patients "if they cannot effectively be helped any other way."

    Patients in Germany previously have had to seek special authorization to use the drug and around 1,000 people did so.

    Until a cannabis-growing program is started in Germany, prescriptions will be filled with imported marijuana.





    Associated Press/Jan.19, 2017
    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/storie...ME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2017-01-19-10-21-19
    Photo: Sean Gallup, ap
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    BT2H is a retired news editor and writer from the NYC area who, for health reasons, retired to a southern US state early, and where BT2H continues to write and to post drug-related news to DF.

Comments

  1. aemetha
    This is a positive sign, but I can't help thinking there is still a moral objection getting in the way of the best health treatment.

    Surely you meant to say "if it's the most safe and effective treatment for them." right mister health minister?
  2. Beenthere2Hippie
    You're probably correct in what the health minister is trying to say, though only our German members living in the country and familiar with the Germany's usual medical cannabis banter could say for certain.

    I, as a legal medical cannabis patient in an otherwise archaic US state, have heard the same kind of logic when I was first "granted" permission to use medical marijuana. It seems that many politicians (and therefore the physicians working in those areas) believe in trying every other prescribed drug possible before allowing a patient to use cannabis as medicine.

    As I have said on other threads, I believe it is all part of the long-standing prejudice that exists around cannabis, as well as almost every other old fashioned, been-around-forever naturally occurring substances like weed, as well as MDMA, peyote buttons, ketamine and the whole list of ethnobotanicals, which most people not familiar with them do not even recognize as the traditional medicines used by their ancestors pretty much since the beginning of recorded time.

    But, the fact that German lawmakers are willing to jump onto the "we're gonna try" train at all is in itself a move ahead. Now (hopefully, fingers crossed), like much of the western-thinking world at large, German citizens can move forward in their own attempts at more enlightened forms of medical practice in the future.
  3. scartissue_68
    Good report, BT2H, but I wonder what the doctors will need to do to be educated in which strains of cannabis work on specific disease states. Of course, this same question would probably apply to US doctors prescribing medicinal cannabis.

    When Suboxone first became available, doctors had to be trained specifically to understand how to use the drug in opiate detox and maintenance. Say what you will about how that worked out, but it helps form the foundation of my question.

    Because they are going to import it BEFORE they can get local growers up and running, it sounds as if German lawmakers thinks all cannabis has the same psychoactive reaction regardless of strain. Training and product knowledge would seem appropriate.
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