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mercoledì 5 luglio 2017
Greece Legalizes Medical Marijuana
Confirming the news at a recent press conference, reported by the Greek Government Gazette, Mr Tsipras said: “From now on, the country is turning its page, as Greece is now included in countries where the delivery of medical cannabis to patients in need is legal.”
The leader revealed that patients could soon see the back of medical conditions including chronic pain, PTSD, epilepsy and cancer after being prescribed the psychoactive drug by their doctor.
The new legalisation is predicted to boost the country’s economy as it allows the creation of a legal drug industry as well as giving Greece the opportunity to import cannabis-based medicines.
It is yet to be seen whether Greece will go further to allow cannabis legislation for recreational use as well as medical.
At a press conference, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said that doctors will soon be able to prescribe the medicine. “From now on, the country is turning its page, as Greece is now included in countries where the delivery of medical cannabis to patients in need is legal,” said Tsipras.
With this historic move, Greece joins Finland, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Spain in allowing one of the world’s oldest medicines for people in need.
The details on distribution methods and how patients will access the medicine have yet to be divulged. As well, cannabis will be rescheduled in Greece from a Table A drug, meaning one with no medicinal value, to a Table B, which has approved medical use.
Greece will also soon be able to import cannabis-based medicines from countries like Canada, the world’s major marijuana heavyweight.
Greece has had a strict prohibition on cannabis since 1890. This recent landmark decision is a further indication that pot reform is at the forefront of international awareness.