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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Countries Where Medical Marijuana Is Legal

1. Canada
Our neighbors to the north are currently working on specifics that could allow for the use of recreational marijuana. But when it comes to medical cannabis, Canada legalized its use back in 2001. Based on data from 680 News, some 28,000 people are licensed to use medical marijuana in Canada, with a total of 29 producers licensed by the federal government

2. Australia
Less than three months ago the Australian Parliament passed the Narcotic Drugs Act, which will allow for cannabis to be grown for medical and scientific purposes. Australian lawmakers still need to develop regulations for the country's now-infant medical marijuana industry, and growers will need to apply for production licenses before patients have regular access to medical marijuana.
 3. Netherlands
The Netherlands may be best known for its "pot shops," but it also has a small medical marijuana industry. Netherlands' Ministry of Health, Welfare, and Sport has commissioned just one company, Bedrocan Cannabis, to supply marijuana for medicinal use. Since few insurers are currently covering medical cannabis in the Netherlands, its use hasn't grown very quickly.

4. France
France may not allow for the sale of medical marijuana in the traditional sense, but in early 2013 its Health Minister, Marisol Touraine, passed a decree allowing for the sale of medications that contain cannabis derivatives, such as cannabinoids. In Jan. 2014, France wound up approving GW Pharmaceuticals' (NASDAQ:GWPH) Sativex, an oromucosal spray containing the cannabinoids CDB and THC that's designed to treat spasticity associated with multiple sclerosis.

5. Uruguay
Uruguay is a game-changer, as it was the first country in the world to fully legalize the cultivation and sale of marijuana, be it recreational or medicinal, in May 2014. Two years later, Uruguay's legal cannabis industry is still playing catch-up with long-established home growers, but this appears to be a budding industry on all fronts.

6. Romania
Like France, Romania doesn't allow the outright use of medical marijuana. Instead, in late 2013 it approved the use of medicines containing marijuana derivatives to help ease patients' pain. Conditions include epilepsy, cancer, and multiple sclerosis -- and yes, GW Pharmaceuticals' Sativex is approved in Romania.

7. Chile
Following a pilot program in 2014, Chilean President Michelle Bachelet signed a decree in 2015 that allows for the Institute of Public Health to manufacture cannabis for medical purposes, which includes the treatment of cancer, refractory epilepsy, and chronic pain derived from arthritis and multiple sclerosis. This new medical marijuana initiative is expected to help approximately 4,000 Chilean patients.
8. Czech Republic
Medical cannabis was approved for use in the Czech Republic in 2013, but its uptake has been extremely slow due to a host of factors. For example, cannabis can only be imported from the Netherlands via Bedrocan; a special electronic prescription is required from a specific group of medical professionals (i.e., not all physicians can prescribe medical marijuana); and medical marijuana is not covered by medical insurance, meaning its high price deters consumers.
9. Colombia
Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos passed legislation this past December allowing for the use of medical marijuana. The move follows Colombia's 2012 legislation decriminalizing marijuana possession of up to 20 grams. Per Santos' decree, marijuana can be used to treat the sick, as well as be imported, exported, and studied scientifically.
10. Jamaica
Last, but not least, in April 2015 Jamaica amended its drug laws, in effect decriminalizing the possession of up to two ounces of marijuana, and also allowing for the creation of a cannabis licensing authority that'll regulate cultivation and distribution of cannabis for medical and scientific use. Given Jamaica's rich history of growing marijuana and general proximity to the U.S., it could transform into a major medical marijuana supplier to the States

11) In USA it is leagal in 29 States plus the territories of Guam  and Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia as of April 2017
The first state to effectively legalize medical cannabis was California in 1996

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