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Greece Becomes Latest EU State To Legalise Cannabis For Medical Use

Greece Becomes Latest EU State To Legalise Cannabis For Medical Use

Another European country has gone ahead and legalised cannabis for medical purposes after Greece took the decision.

The Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, said last week that doctors will soon be able to prescribe the herb for a variety of medical conditions in the country.

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The Czech Republic, Finland, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain have already legalised the drug for medical use, making Greece the sixth EU member state to legalise it.


Cannabis has been shown to help those suffering from cancer, multiple sclerosis, fibromyalgia, Crohn's, anxiety, depression, AIDS, rheumatoid arthritis, ME, PTSD, Epilepsy, Chronic and neuropathic pain.

"From now on, the country is turning its page, as Greece is now included in countries where the delivery of medical cannabis to patients in need is legal." Mr Tsipras said at a press conference, as reported by the Greek Government Gazette.

Prime Minister Tsipras also announced that recreational ganja will be downgraded from a Table A drug - the highest category - to a Table B drug, which is used for other drugs with approved medical values.

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It is thought that the move could provide a boost to the Greek economy by creating a new legal drug market.

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Movie post from the 1940s. Credit: IMBD

It remains an illegal substance in Britain - classified as a schedule one under the Misuse of Drugs Acts of 1971, which means it has no therapeutic benefits and has a high potential for abuse.

However, Jon Liebling, from the United Patients Alliances, told LADbible in April he felt it could be legalised in the future - although it was unlikely it would happen within the next five years.

The Adam Smith Institute also released a report last year which claimed the UK government could reap up to £1billion a year in tax revenue if cannabis was legalised.

Earlier this year, Canadian stoners were celebrating after news broke that cannabis could soon be decriminalised.

A statement released by the Canadian government said: "The current approach to cannabis does not work. It has allowed criminals and organized crime to profit, while failing to keep cannabis out of the hands of Canadian youth. In many cases, it is easier for our kids to buy cannabis than cigarettes.

"The proposed Cannabis Act would create a strict legal framework for controlling the production, distribution, sale and possession of cannabis in Canada."

Featured Image Credit: PA Images

Topics: Greece, Legal, Cannabis, weed

James Dawson

James Dawson is a Journalist at LADbible. He has contributed articles to LADbible’s ‘Knowing Me, Knowing EU’ series on the EU referendum, the 'Electoral Dysfunction' series on the 2017 general election, the ‘U OK M8?’ series tackling mental health amongst young men, and for its ‘Climate Change’ initiative in partnership with National Geographic.

 

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