Drugs still are, and will most likely remain for a long time, a subject of dispute. While it’s mostly liberal factions versus conservative factions, the truth is that so much more could be accomplished if at least some drugs were made legal. Even if just for medicinal use, some drugs do have a great deal of potential.
Be it marijuana, LSD, mushrooms, MDMA, or other illicit substance, most of these drugs are illegal because they offer relief – perhaps too much of it. But if scientists were allowed to experiment with them, we’d most likely develop a number of cures for a great number of illnesses.
But alas, I digress. When you think about Germany, you’re probably not thinking of lax authority or too much liberalism going around. Well, regardless of that, hoping to help a few people, medicinal marijuana will soon be legal in Germany. Well, not that soon – it’s going to happen starting next year.
According to the country’s Federal Health Minister, Hermann Gröhe, the intent is under no circumstances to legalize the recreational use of the substance. Instead, the government wants to make the treatment accessible for anybody in need of it and who doesn’t have the possibility to get a different treatment.
Even more importantly, if the current minister has his way, the treatments will be supported by insurance, and the patients in need of their medicinal marijuana will get it for free from several sources approved by the government. For this matter, several particularly well-supervised plantations will be growing the plant.
There is a great number of diseases that can be helped by cannabis, and some of them you’d probably never suspect. Some of the conditions that can greatly benefit from medicinal use of the herb are various forms of cancer, Parkinson’s, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, seizures, and even full-blown epilepsy.
Some patients suffering from these conditions were allowed access to medicinal marijuana in Germany before, but they required special permits and had to pay for the medication. But with Germany being a very socially aware country, officials decided that if patients are suffering from those conditions they can probably barely afford their regular medication.
Germany’s move is only one of the many recent legalization movements that only come naturally once the citizens of a country reach a high enough level of well-being. Aside from the several US states that legalized marijuana, there are countries that did similar things.
Italy, Uruguay, and the Czech Republic all have the plant legalized for medicinal use, while Portugal has legalized marijuana for personal use, but it is still illegal to use medicinally for some reason.
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