Patients who are seriously ill can plant their own medical marijuana, ruled a German Court on Tuesday. Patients are allowed to plant the drug in the absence of an alternative treatment to cannabis and if purchasing the drug in a chemist is costly, ruled Judge Andreas Fleischfresser of the Cologne Administrative Court.
The court was ruling on a case brought before it two weeks ago which is focused on five men whom doctors prescribed medical marijuana to after other drugs and treatment regimes failed to work, reported Deutsche Welle.
The average monthly expenses to one of the men is 800 euros to 1000 euros for purchasing the drug, with his disposable income being 1500 euros, said the lawyer on behalf of the five men. However, the state health insurance has said it won’t meet the costs, prompting the men to turn to courts to be allowed to plant their own drug. The Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices also denied them permission to grow their own marijuana.
Two of the men are suffering from multiple sclerosis while another two have undefined chronic pain. The last one has Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), a condition that has been found to be successfully managed with medical marijuana, which effectively eases depression, anxiety, mood swings and insomnia.
The court threw out two of the five cases and ruled that the other three men are allowed to plant their own marijuana. The ruling said that the applications to plant marijuana will be looked into individually. Presently, around 270 individuals in Germany are allowed to purchase and use marijuana for medical reasons. To register for a free 2-week subscription to ForexMinute Premium Plan, visit www.forexminute.com/newsletter.
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