The number of European Union countries with legal medical marijuana has increased again, with the recent addition of Greece. This once ancient society showed its progressive outlook last week by making medical cannabis available to its citizens in need.
At a press conference, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said that doctors will soon be able to prescribe the medicine. “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,” said Tsipras.
With this historic move, Greece joins Germany, Finland, the Czech Republic, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Spain in allowing one of the world’s oldest medicines for people in need.
The details on distribution methods and how patients will access the medicine have yet to be divulged. As well, cannabis will be rescheduled in Greece from a Table A drug, meaning one with no medicinal value, to a Table B, which has approved medical use.
Greece will also soon be able to import cannabis-based medicines from countries like Canada, the world’s major marijuana heavyweight.
Greece has had a strict prohibition on cannabis since 1890. This recent landmark decision is a further indication that pot reform is at the forefront of international awareness.