Right before the weekend, I saw a tweet come across my Twitter feed from Ethan Nadelmann. The tweet was of a press release dealing with the permitting of cultivation of medical marijuana by the German Government. Below is a copy of the press release. The press release is in English, but the links go to sites that are in German. I don't speak German, so take the info for what you will, but considering it was tweeted about by Ethan, it's good info:
The German Hemp Association welcomes the announcement by the federal government in Germany to set up a cannabis agency. This paves the way for the first cultivation of medicinal cannabis in Germany, helping not only the patients, but allowing also new economic prospects for Germany.
The establishment of a cannabis agency is an old demand of the DHV. Only this way can Germany's dependence on imports be terminated and supply for the patients be guaranteed.
"An easier access to cannabis as a medicine and the covering of the costs by the health insurance companies were long overdue. The fact, that the federal government has consistently thought this issue through and is willing to permit production in Germany, pleased and surprised us. Finally, the German economy is not decoupled from the international development and can develop their own cannabis industry. We are increasingly being contacted by entrepreneurs, interested in the production of medical cannabis. We expect a massive rising demand for Cannabis as Medicine,"said spokesman Georg Wurth from the DHV.
But the DHV continues to demand that patients themselves should be allowed to grow cannabis, if they so wish. This relieves the health insurance companies and enables each patient to use the appropriate cannabis-strain for them. In addition, as many patients as possible should benefit from the new rules, not only pain-patients. The range medicinal use of cannabis is great, as the current dispensations for various diseases show.