DENMARK – If approved and conventional drugs are not sufficient, it will be possible for doctors to prescribe medicinal cannabis instead during a four-year trial period.

Elderly Minister Sophie Løhde (V) called for a meeting on Tuesday, bringing along health rapporteurs after a majority of parliament requested easier access to medicinal cannabis. Every individual doctor will take responsibility for inititating the medicinal cannabis treatment. Delivery would be done through pharmacies.

“great progress”

Liselott Blixt (DF) calls the agreement “great progress”.

“How much it would cost depends mainly on how many patients are to be covered by subsidies, if there would be subsidies. For me it’s important that not only the wealthy will be able to have access to medicinal cannabis. But let’s get started, so we can address the problems that arise on the go” she added.

According to the Medicines Agency, inspired by the Dutch experience, there are a listed number of conditions eligible.  Including spasms and pain associated with multiple sclerosis, spasms and pain associated with spinal cord injuries, general pain and finally nausea, etc. associated with chemotherapy. The expectation is that around 1,500 patients will be eligible under the pilot scheme.

“In my opinion, the Medicines Agency is aiming for a relatively small group of patients. It corresponds roughly to the suffering, it is now possible to deal with medicinal cannabis, ” says Carolina Maier (Alt). In this context,  May-Britt Kattrup (LA) added:

“In the Netherlands, doctors may prescribe for conditions like spasms, cramps, pain, nausea and in addition to lack of appetite and weight loss due to radiation and chemotherapy.”

“Another practical question is where the cannabis will come from”

Another practical question is where the cannabis will come from. The desired amount could be imported from the netherlands, where Bedrocan BV is cultivating medicinal cannabis. Or maybe Canada, where several companies cultivate and sell herbs and cannabis oils.

“We obviously have clarified from where we can buy cannabis legally. I do not think that it will be the biggest challenge. It will probably be the economy, ” estimates Jonas Dahl (SF).

The price of Dutch cannabis is 33 euros for a can with five grams of dried cannabis. Depending on the dosage it is estimated, therefore, that the cost of treatment with a daily dose as in the Netherlands will cost about 40 kroner per day per patient. If the expected amount of patients treated for a year is 1,500 patients, it would ost more than 20 million kroner per year.

“The Ministry has made some calculations, and those will have to be looked at by the rapporteurs before we can meet again after the summer,” says Peder Hvelplund (EL).

  • gertrude van voorden

    Who are the people posting this as a positive development fooling? Only after chemo or other medications fail? can a doctor prescribe Cannabis? A factory/cannabis growing plant already active for years in the UK, with the developed medicine, i believe with the name Sativex, asking over the top prices? With Monsanto already growing GMO cannabis in foreign countries for years, and a patient most likely having no way to find whether Cannabis used in medications is organic or not. Some Cannabis being sprayed with pesticides and even RoundUp. Cannabis oil often mixed with dangerous substances. Unless growing Cannabis becomes legal and for every citizen, it is all a hoax, just to make profts gain for the super rich elite, Big Pharma, who through that will hijack the true healing capacities of the Cannabis plant, both industrial Hemp as Cannabis with THC. Condoning growing 5 plants like in the Netherlands, is again of no use when neighbours can have it taken away, the police can or landlords can even evict people from their homes. Science has proven that Cannabis. THC cures cancer and every citizen whereever should be allowed to make use of that science. Like german law, where every terminal patient, can use whatever treatment and have it reimbursed by healthinsurances. That one first as to destroy one;s physical health further before being allowed this treatment is again ridiculous. With scientific findings that regular medications and treatments kill hundreds of thousands of patients we should be allowed not only free speech but selfdetermination.

  • gertrude van voorden

    Just found another article, that makes clear to me, where these current government decisions are coming from. http://thejointblog.com/over-90-of-israel-medical-cannabis-patients-find-relief-in-the-medicine/ Will the market now soon be flooded with Cannabis based medication grown on landgrabbed land in the West Bank? Curious how israeli scholars have been taken the lead in this Cannabis research for decades and are now even being promoted, whilst spanish research regarding the use of THC to cure cancer, had one post and thereafter disappeared. Researching the use of Kurkuma against cancer has recently been banned at the Erasmus University in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, whilst this is ancient research in Ireland, that it does. Big Pharma knows its ways to milk patients, rising certain regular drugs or AB treatment for Lyme with 1600 %. Young people buying up cheap medicine producing firms and then rising the price to 700 euro a pill, as for the Hepatitis drug. Criminal it is and criminal it stays. Nothing is advancing to benefit people to take care of themselves as cheap and as healthy as possible. Regarding other herbs, writing about those is no longer allowed, not even on one’s site, due to the restrictions of the Codes Alimentarius. Heavy fines of 30.000 euros have already been given to small firms who cannot afford that. Without the ancient herbal knowledge, that knowledge will soon die out if publishing about it is restricted. Food as medicine, when many imported food is radiated, is no longer valid. as radiated food has no nutritional or healing value at all.