German MPs legalized cannabis for medical consumption

German MPs legalized cannabis for medical consumptionThe German parliament has voted to allow consumption of the drug for medical purposes.

Members of Germany's parliament voted unanimously on Thursday to legalize the use of medical marijuana.

The German government's drug commissioner Marlene Mortler had lobbied for the decision to allow patients to buy cannabis from their local pharmacy with a doctor's prescription.

"It's a great addition for patients who have waited for this a long time," Mortler said.

According to doctors, marijuana can help cancer patients who are feeling nauseous after chemotherapy.

The drug is believed to help fight a lack of appetite and the weight loss that some tumor patients experience. Cannabis can additionally alleviate symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis.

The Greens and the Left Party, that are the opposition parties in Germany, had long fought for legalization.

By adopting the bill Germany has followed the example of countries like France and Canada that allow to purchase cannabis with a prescription.

In Germany, the costs of the dried cannabis flower buds and cannabis extracts will be covered by health insurance for patients who have no other treatment options.
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