The U.S. is turning the corner to medical cannabis being more acceptable. This November’s vote should bring the number of states where it is legal well over half. But what’s happening in the rest of the world? Let’s take a look at the latest news around the globe.
Israel Sets the Standard for Medical Cannabis
Israel has some of the most progressive laws and research on medical marijuana. They could certainly be a role model for states in the U.S. The government in Israel recently gave their approval to a plan that will eliminate many of the current restrictions for growing medical cannabis.
Benefits of the new plan in Israel:
- More physicians will be authorized and trained to be able to provide prescriptions for cannabis.
- Wait time for patients seeking medical marijuana will shorten.
- Pharmacies will have authorization to disperse cannabis.
- Patients will not need a permit from the Health Ministry. A prescription will suffice.
Germany will Legalize Medical Marijuana in 2017
The health minister in Germany said this year that the German cabinet gave their official approval for legalizing cannabis for medical reasons. They are expecting it to take effect sometime in 2017.
Medical marijuana will be available for seriously ill patients that have been unable to have any success with other alternatives.
Australia Passed Amendment for Legalizing Cultivation and Distribution
The Narcotic Drugs Amendment 2016 was passed in February 2016. This comprehensive amendment acknowledges that although patients can now, under doctor’s supervision, access medical marijuana, there is a problem finding the actual product.
The Bill provides for two different types of licensing for cultivation. One is for cultivating plants for medical purposes and the other is for research purposes. The permit and license system will control the strains and quantities that are allowed for cultivation.
…these permits will be managed to ensure that the amounts of product manufactured are planned in advance, relative to proposed usage, and do not exceed permitted manufacturing limits.
Source: Narcotic Drugs Amendment Bill 2016 dated 10 February 2016
This bill hopes to provide a comprehensive system that will account for security and the safe cultivation of cannabis for medical and scientific purposes.
It’s great to see these countries around the world stepping forward to legally provide patients with opportunities to benefit from medical cannabis and perhaps even more importantly to allow more research.
http://www.haaretz.com/israel-news/.premium-1.727277 Retrieved July 20, 2016