Legal marijuana is trending worldwide. Germany has just legalized medical marijuana. The German Parliament passed a law on Thursday officially legalizing the herb strictly for medical uses. The government made the decision for ethical reasons. As a result, only German patients with certain debilitating conditions will qualify for legal weed.
“Seriously ill people must be treated in the best way possible,” said the Health Minister of Germany who suggested the law.
List Of Qualifying Conditions
Wondering if you can score some legal weed in Germany? Well, you’d better have a serious medical condition to show your doctor because you’ll need to get a prescription from your doctor. The list of qualifying conditions in the draft of the federal government’s law includes:
The final version of the law may include more conditions, but the government intends to be strict on who can obtain and grow cannabis.
How Do I Get Medical Marijuana In Germany?
If you have one of the above conditions you can get a prescription from your doctor. Before the new law, only about 1,000 people in the entire country had access to legal marijuana. However, when the law takes effect in March that number will drastically increase. At that time, Germany will need a bigger supply of weed. So, the German government will be allowing cannabis to be grown in the country for medical purposes only.
“To ensure the supply, the growth of cannabis for medical purposes in Germany will be allowed,” says a statement on the German Parliament’s website.
Also, the site says both dry cannabis and extracts will be available to patients.
“According to the draft law of the federal government, patients should be able to obtain dried cannabis and cannabis extracts of controlled quality in pharmacies.”
So, weed will be treated the same as all other medications in Germany. You get a prescription and go to the pharmacy, not to the dispensary with recommendations that still leave patients vulnerable to federal prosecution.
Where Will Medical Marijuana Be Grown?
Can medical marijuana be grown at home by patients? The short answer is no. A new state-run “cannabis agency” will be implemented. Most cultivation and distribution will be left up to the cannabis agency. While it is possible to apply for a private license to grow the government will be very strict about who they permit to grow cannabis.
The agency should reduce costs while increasing availability. Right now, patients have to leap through bureaucratic loops and pay hefty prices for medical marijuana in Germany. The price for a month’s supply of medical marijuana was nearly $2000, Die Zeit reported.
The new law will benefit both new patients and old. Best of all, the new law will make health insurance companies cover the cost of medical marijuana. Suffering patients will soon have the relief they deserve. Germany will also begin new research on cannabis use. The research will include studies on proper dosages, side effects, and therapy using the new medicine.