A number of countries have completely or partially legalized medical use of cannabis, including the United States. Now Denmark considers to follow suit.
The politicians in Denmark seem to want a pilot project in which doctors are allowed to prescribe medical cannabis.
It's the party Alternativet that has proposed a three-year pilot project to the Danish parliament, to let doctors prescribe medical cannabis, NRK reports.
The news agency Ritzau reports that it is likely that the proposal will get a majority vote in parliament.
- I've talked to many patients who have to be criminals to get rest, appetite or pain relief, says health policy responsible Liselott Blixt in Dansk Folkeparti, according to NRK.
She says however, that the proposal is not specific enough, and that much work remains before patients will have access to the drug.
Several have already spoken out critically to open for the use of the drug. The Danish Medical Association warns because cannabis is not an approved drug, and because the side effects and the long term effect have not been thoroughly enough researched.
Several patient-oriented organizations however, is positive to the proposal.
- We believe patients who have documented pleasure of cannabis, should be able to get it in an orderly way without being criminalized, said Dr. Jens Oluf Pedersen Bruun from Fight Cancer, to the news agency Ritzau.
He stressed that cannabis is by no means some miracle treatment, but it may help some patients who have severe pain.
Leader of the Danish Arthritis Society, Mette Bryde Lind, also hope the politicians see possibilities using medical cannabis. To the news agency, Lind says that general medicine is not sufficient for many people with chronic pain.
A number of countries have completely or partially accepted medical use of the drug, including Switzerland, Canada, Uruguay, Spain, the Netherlands and the United States.
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