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German Medical Marijuana Patients Allowed To Grow Their Own

Posted on  December 28, 2012 by  News Admin

 A court in Germany has ruled that seriously ill patients may grow their own cannabis for medicinal uses. However, the strict stipulations in the ruling could still prevent cultivation by some patients. The December 7 ruling, which has not yet gone into effect, was made by a Federal Administrative Court in Münster, reports DW. Under the ruling, severely ill Germans -- for whom no other therapies or available or effective, but who may receive a medical benefit from cannabis -- may be allowed to grow medical marijuana at home. Patients who wish to take part can apply to the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) for permission to treat themselves with homegrown marijuana, with use monitored by a medical doctor. Previously, all such medicinal cannabis requests were refused by directive of the Federal Ministry of Health. The Federal Administrative Court ruled that this practice is illegal. "This ruling is a milestone on the path to a better supply of German citizens with cannabis-based medicines," said Franjo Grotenhermen, chairman of the German Association for Cannabis as Medicine. "Cannabis products from the pharmacy are unaffordable for most patients," Grotenhermen said. "Legalized growing of the plant at home opens up for them for the first time an affordable alternative. It is unbearable that many patients have to rely on illegal sources or illegal self-cultivation of their medical need." Unfortunately, patients whose health insurance covers the cost of treatment with cannabinoid-based medications will not get a permit for cultivation, the court said....

German Authorities Shut Down Planned Cannabis Rally

Posted on  September 10, 2012 by  News Admin

 Rally Would Likely Have Been Largest Cannabis Demonstration In German History A cannabis demonstration and parade planned for Saturday in Cologne, Germany -- which was shaping up to be the largest marijuana protest ever held in Germany -- is being shut down at the last minute by the Versammlungsbehörde, a local government office that oversees public gatherings. "This is the first time a pro-cannabis march has been planned for Cologne, which is located in the most populous area of Germany," Daniel S. of Duisburg, Germany, told Toke of the Town on Wednesday morning. (Dan in no way speaks for the parade or any associated organizations; he just happens to live nearby and knows some people involved in the parade's planning.) The march was shaping up to possibly be the largest demonstration of its kind ever in Germany, thanks in large part to a positive response on Facebook and word-of-mouth advertising. Planned speakers included Lars Scheimann, the first German citizen to be granted a medical marijuana card to treat his Tourette's and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Scheimann has since helped more than 60 other people get similar approval for medicinal cannabis to treat various conditions through his organization, "Cannabis Als Medizin" (Cannabis As Medicine). The explanation offered for shutting down the event seemed a flimsy pretext. Germany normally protects free speech, even allowing Nazi sympathizers to hold marches. Government authorities claimed that because the event has used sponsors to defer the costs and is displaying the sponsors' logos on flyers and...

German Cannabis DUI Law Excludes Medical Marijuana Patients

Posted on  August 31, 2012 by  News Admin

  Stringent Cutoff Point Still Ensnares Many Unimpaired Cannabis Users The debate over restrictive Washington state marijuana "legalization" ballot Initiative 502 has reached epic proportions, with much of the controversy centering around the measure's stringent "driving under the influence" limits for cannabis. According to most scientists and medical marijuana patient advocates, the limit of five nanograms per milliliter (5 ng/ml) is arbitrary and unsupported scientifically, and could result in DUI convictions for many patients and others, even when they're unimpaired. The reason for this is that even though the 5 ng/ml limit would apply to active THC, many patients and others who use cannabis daily, especially heavy users, wake up in the morning, unimpaired, over the 5 ng limit. Toke of the Town recently had a revealing talk on this subject with Michael Knodt, editor in chief of Hanf Journal, Germany's biggest hemp magazine. It turns out the Germans had the good sense to exclude patients from their marijuana DUI limits. Even so, lots of recreational cannabis users are being caught up by the law, even though they don't drive impaired. "I follow the debate about I-502 with much interest, because we have a similar problem in Germany," Knodt told us from Berlin. "It is a lot worse here (our cutoff level is 1 ng/ml), but if you are a patient -- we only have a few in Germany because it is hard to get a prescription, which has to be confirmed by the federal health office -- the cutoff level does...