Although the legalization of marijuana has long been a hot issue in Europe, many EU nations are moving forward and easing their marijuana policy. Germany, one of the leading countries in Europe, has already legalized using cannabis for medicinal purposes. It will also start cultivating medical marijuana in 2019 to cover the increasing demand for the herb.
German authorities have recently announced they expect to launch a marijuana-growing program after the country approves the law allowing some patients with serious conditions to receive the drug as a prescription medication.
Until then, those who need cannabis treatment will be able to use the imported herb that comes from the Netherlands and Canada.
The Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices of Germany is planning to establish a “cannabis agency” to supervise the cultivating program. The agency would monitor prices throughout the EU to find companies to run it. The first marijuana grown in Germany is expected to be available in early 2019.
However, the German government warns that despite the new developments, the law will still prohibit using cannabis for non-medicinal purposes.
German patients previously had to apply for a special permission to use marijuana. As of today, more than 1,000 people have obtained such a permit.