German MPs vote to legalise cannabis for medicinal purposes
Germany’s lower house of parliament has passed a law legalising the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes.
The health minister, Hermann Gröhe, said: “Those who are severely ill need to get the best possible treatment and that includes health insurance funds paying for cannabis as a medicine for those who are chronically ill if they can’t be effectively treated any other way.”
Until now, patients have only been able to access cannabis for medicinal purposes by special authorisation, making the process complicated. Now they will be able to get a prescription from their doctor and a refund for the upfront cost from their health insurance, she said.
The spokeswoman said the law was likely to take effect in March after a procedural reading by the upper house of parliament.