The German government announced Monday that it will approve a measure to legalize medical marijuana. The initiative, proposed by German Federal Health Minister Herman Gröhe, would make medical marijuana available only to patients who are seriously ill, have already received a doctor‘s consultation, and “have no therapeutic alternative,” a press release stated.
“Our goal is that seriously ill people are looked after to the best of our ability. Without wishing to pre-judge the work of the Bundestag, it is likely that the law will come into force in the spring of 2017.” – Gröhe
The law’s provisions
Among the most important components of the measure is that which makes medical cannabis covered by patients’ health insurance. According to Gröhe, the introduction of the law will be accompanied by greater Health Ministry research into the effects of cannabis, conducted via a paid study. Under the law, participation in the study is compulsory for patients looking to be reimbursed via…