The sale of legally-bought cannabis for chronically-ill patients has doubled in Germany.
According to the Federal Ministry of Health, from 33.8 kilos of weed that were sold during the first six months of 2015, the figure increased to 61.8 kilos. Although no reason has been given for the surge, it is probable that the rise of licenses being granted for legal use has been the key factor.
As of spring this year, doctors have issued 424 permits to purchase the drug. In addition, 647 patients have been given the go-signal to use the medical product from pharmacies.
The use of marijuana has been considered illegal in Germany. However, a court ruling in 2005 has allowed people with specific health conditions such as chronic pain to gain access to the weed for self-therapy. Each of the case is being assessed on an individual basis.