Greece: Health Officials Set To Introduce Medical Marijuana Proposal
By Derrick Stanley
Health officials in Greece are set to propose legislation that would allow the cultivation and use of medical marijuana, according to a report from Ekathimerini.com. The Health Ministry came to this decision following a scientific study on the effectiveness of medical marijuana for treating chronic illnesses.
Health Minister Andreas Xanthos, said that the agency is close to proposing the measure that would allow physicians to prescribe medical marijuana for a limited number of conditions such as chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, and glaucoma.
The use of medical cannabis is legal in several European countries, including Germany, Austria, Spain, Finland, Italy, Portugal, and the Czech Republic.
A letter was sent to Health Minister Panagiotis Kouroumblis last June from 36 members of Greek’s Parliament that outlined the benefits of medical cannabis legalization.
“The financial benefits of cultivation of our own cannabis in Greece for medicinal/pharmaceutical purposes and for use in research would be multi-faceted (rejuvenating our agricultural economy and processing, resumption of export of hemp products after many years of stagnation, strengthening insurance funds to escape the burden of expensive prescription pharmaceutical products.),” the letter states.
Whether the Parliament will take up the legislation or not is unknown at this point.