Germany allows seriously ill patients to grow their own cannabis

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BERLIN – A German court ruled Tuesday that some people suffering chronic pain be able cultivate their own cannabis “for therapeutic purposes”.

Five people suffering chronic pain brought the complaint a court in Cologne after Germany’s Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices refused them permission grow the plant at home.

The court said the BfArM had reconsider three the requests that it had rejected.

While the plaintiffs all had permits to buy and consume cannabis for therapeutic purposes, they wanted to cultivate their own because they could afford to purchase the drug and their health insurance did cover it.

The court said three the plaintiffs met the requirements to produce the drug because it “sufficiently certain” that third parties would be able to access the plants and products. [eap_ad_2] “Until now it has been legal for anyone to grow cannabis at home but these seriously ill people will now be allowed to,” court spokeswoman Stefanie Seifert said, adding that it nonetheless remained for others to grow it.

“This is a carte blanche for everyone to start growing cannabis at home – they have to be seriously ill people for whom nothing else works than cannabis.”

The complaints brought by the two plaintiffs were rejected – the first because the court not satisfied that unauthorized persons could be prevented accessing the plants and the because the court did not think the plaintiff had exhausted all treatment options.

The court stressed that it necessary to assess whether individuals met the requirements to grow their own cannabis an case-by-case basis. (Reuters)[eap_ad_3]