Following the publication of a report by the World Health Organization earlier this year which calls for the decriminalization of all drugs, various Danish political parties agree it’s time for change.
Last week’s agreement on the distribution of state funds will distribute 857 million kroner ($145 million) to a wide variety of projects has earmarked money for studying the benefits of medical marijuana for the first time.
“A minimum of 35 million kroner [$5.9 million, ed.] will be allotted for health, quality of life and clinical research that can contribute to a better understanding of illness and prevention and more accurate treatments to benefit patients. In that context, it can include research projects on pain relief, including the use of medicinal cannabis,” the agreement reads.
The allocation of funds to medical marijuana was praised by both the Liberal Alliance (LA) and the left-wing Red-Green Alliance (Enhedslisten).
“The new research agreement includes research into medicinal cannabis. About time!” LA party leader Anders Samuelsen wrote on Facebook.
“I am very pleased that we were able to secure resources for the research of medicinal cannabis. There is a lot that indicates that cannabis can help patients with sclerosis and epilepsy. It’s important that we have more knowledge that can benefit the patients,” Enhedslisten’s Rosa Lund said in a statement.