More Countries approve Medical Marijuana in Europe
In Luxembourg, Prime Minister Xavier Bettel announced that marijuana could be used as medicine for those with one of several medical conditions. Mr. Bettel revealed that medical marijuana will be allowed to be used by those suffering from sclerosis, cancer, muscle spasms and chronic pain.
Previously in Luxembourg, marijuana was rarely used for medical treatments. Only drugs like Sativex, that is used to treat those suffering from multiple sclerosis, contained marijuana. It was mostly consumed by smokers alone. It is recognised now that among the medical properties of Cannabis (and specially cannabis indica strains) is the ability to ease pain.
Mr. Bettel said that the marijuana-based drugs will only be available at hospitals and pharmacies nationwide. He also explained that it is not all doctors that will be allowed to prescribe the marijuana-based drugs. It will only be interns, neurologists and oncologists that will be allowed to prescribe the drug.
The Prime Minister explained positive results from European countries like the Netherlands, Italy and Germany that have successfully allowed the use of medical marijuana. Lydia Mutsch, the Minister of Health will be in charge of coming up with a framework that will support the arrangement.
The Prime Minister said that marijuana is not a cure but rather a pain reliever for those suffering from the side effects of chemotherapy and chronic diseases.
This is a great victory for Dr. Jean Colombera. In 2012, he was charged for prescribing marijuana-based treatments for some of his patients that were critically ill. Now marijuana is being allowed for medical use.
Previously, the possession, use, or transportation of marijuana was illegal in Luxembourg. Although, 20 years ago, the possession of small amounts was decriminalized.
There are new regulations in Poland, allowing for the use of marijuana imported from other countries to make prescription drugs that will be sold at pharmacies. All medicine made from marijuana will first have to be registered at the Office for Registration of Medicinal Products.
A motion was passed at the Poland’s Lower House of Parliament. Over 440 politicians voted in favor of the motion while only two members voting in opposition. The bill will allow marijuana to be available in various forms including resins, tinctures and more. With these new developments, it is only a matter of time before other countries in Europe like the UK relax their marijuana regulations.
The Polish Pharmaceutical Chamber explained that pharmacists had been trained in making marijuana-based medicine. There will also be special courses for those that need more training. The Polish Pharmaceutical Chamber further disclosed that 90% of the 15,000 pharmacies in Poland have been authorized to make marijuana-based medicine.
The medical-marijuana based prescription drugs will be made available for about 300,000 patients suffering from epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, nausea from chemotherapy and other illnesses.
The Polish Pharmaceutical Chamber said that a gram of the medical-marijuana drugs will cost about PLN 50-60 which is €13.69 – 16.43. Monthly treatments will cost PLN 2,000.