Nov 27, 2016 12:05 PM

Denmark Launches New Medical Marijuana Trial

Denmark’s authorities have recently announced that a new trial program on medical cannabis is going to be launched in 2018. Physicians will be allowed to prescribe medical marijuana to a number of patients with certain diseases and conditions.

The trial period of the program will last four years and will engage a certain number of patients. Although the government has not made a final list of conditions that will be treated with cannabis, it is likely that multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, injuries related to the spinal cord, as well as nausea and vomiting induced by chemotherapy will be included.

A recent report by the Health Ministry of Denmark claims that some patients suffering from serious conditions will now have the opportunity to be treated with medical cannabis within the country’s healthcare system.

However, marijuana usage and distribution in Denmark remains illegal. Those found to be selling or using weed will face long-term prison sentences. Moreover, most Danish politicians still do not support medical cannabis use.

The cannabis program is not the only way Denmark may ease regulations on marijuana consumption. A new bill submitted to the parliament in October is aimed to reduce the punishment of drivers found to be under the effects of weed.

Generally, Danes have been loosening the country’s approach to marijuana. This fact was proven in the recent poll that found that 88 percent of the respondents supported cannabis legalization.

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