Medical Marijuana Reform In Germany
Medical Marijuana Maybe Coming Soon To German Pharmacies – German legislators and politicians prepared a draft proposal this month that seeks, among other things, to create a new government agency that will regulate and oversee the medical marijuana industry in Germany. If the proposal is accepted by Parliament, the reforms that will follow will be dramatic and rapid.
A New Medical Marijuana System in Germany
The draft bill and proposal come as welcome relief for Germany’s growing population of medical marijuana patients, who must currently seek an exemption license from the government in order to acquire and use cannabis. Under the proposed new laws, any doctor will be able to prescribe cannabis products to patients for a wide variety of more than 60 disorders and conditions, including intractable pain, mental disorders, major illnesses as well as specific symptomatic treatment.
The New German Medical Marijuana Laws At-a-Glance:
- Program will be managed by a new government organization under the auspices of the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices
- Patients will be limited to a maximum of 100 grams per month
- Any doctor can prescribe cannabis products
- Any pharmacy can dispense cannabis products
- Medicines approved under the bill include raw flower, extracts and pharmaceuticals
- Insurance companies must reimburse patients for cannabis medicines
- Patients must take part in research in order to qualify for insurance reimbursement
What it means for the German Government
The German government likely have a new source of revenue if the bill passes, depending on how taxation is implemented. This revenue could be substantial considering that all aspects of the medical cannabis industry – from cultivation to transportation to distribution – will be under State control. This means that in theory there will be new funds for additional social programs or initiatives.
As members of the European Union; they will be obligated to perform mandatory reporting and notifications to the EU. Germany is bound by law to disclose to the EU that it will begin regulating and thereby making available to its citizens – and by proxy the citizens of its neighbors – marijuana. This requirement forces any country that passes “favorable” legislation that reduces or eliminates restrictions on narcotics to report this change to the EU for consideration.