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Greece becomes sixth EU country to legalise cannabis for medical purposes

Samantha Masters

The Express

Tuesday 04 Jul 2017

GREECE has become the sixth European country to legalise cannabis for medical purposes, the country’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has confirmed.

The leader revealed that patients could soon see the back of medical conditions including chronic pain, PTSD, epilepsy and cancer after being prescribed the psychoactive drug by their doctor.

Confirming the news at a recent press conference, reported by the Greek Government Gazette, Mr Tsipras said: “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.”

Greece now follows in the footsteps of Czech Republic, Finland, the Netherlands, Spain and Portugal, who was the first European country to legalise the drug in 2001.

While the Prime Minister is yet to confirm how the drug will be cultivated and distributed, he revealed that cannabis will be downgraded from a Table A (equivalent to Class A in Britain), to a Table B drug, the same category as methadone and opium with approved medical values, Dope

The new legalisation is predicted to boost the country’s economy as it allows the creation of a legal drug industry as well as giving Greece the opportunity to import cannabis-based medicines.

It is yet to be seen whether Greece will go further to allow cannabis legislation for recreational use as well as medical.




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