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Germany’s health minister announced Monday that the nation will federally legalize medical marijuana by next spring.

The country’s imminent medical marijuana plan will provide safe access to patients with chronic diseases and “no therapeutic alternative.” Moreover, health insurance companies will be allowed to cover the cannabis expenses for these patients if the patients cannot afford their medicine.

That caveat would make Germany one of the few places where health insurance applies to medical marijuana purchases. Federal Health Minister Hermann Grohe issued a press release stating:

“Our goal is that seriously ill people are looked after to the best of our ability.”

It’s unclear whether Germany will set up a dispensary system or provide the medical cannabis through traditional pharmacies. The nation’s supply of medical cannabis will likely be overseen by the government and not independent growers.

Late last year, Germany created a special government agency to handle the production of medical cannabis. That production may or may not have begun, but should mean that Germany has begun or soon will begin growing medical marijuana for its patients.

Germany joins other nations like Jamaica, Uruguay, and Canada that have all recently federally legalize medical marijuana.

Bernie Canter

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