Newsbrief: Netherlands May Add Medical Marijuana to National Health Plan 10/26/01

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The Dutch government is considering legislation that would add medical marijuana to the pharmacopeia supported under the nation's public health insurance plan. Passed by the Cabinet, the bill would authorize pharmacies to fill medical marijuana prescriptions and be reimbursed by the government, and would supply pharmaceutical quality marijuana to the pharmacies.

According to the Associated Press, a government statement said that "[a]n increasing number of patients suffering illnesses such as cancer, AIDS and multiple sclerosis received medicinal cannabis." Though patients are largely using the drug without professional assistance, the statement observed, "[e]xperiences are positive: less pain, less nausea after chemotherapy, less stiffness with MS."

The 150-seat Parliament is expected to vote on the proposal within the next few months.

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