Germans Allowed to Grow Their Own Med. Marijuana?

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BERLIN  A German court chose that some people suffering from chronic pain should be able to cultivate their own cannabis “for therapeutic purposes.”

Five people suffering from severe pain brought their cases to the court to see if they can grow their own cannabis after Germany’s Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) told them that they couldn’t grow their own cannabis. The court said the BfArM had to reconsider three of the requests that it had rejected. While the people who took the case to court could already all legally buy medical marijuana, they can’t afford to, and their insurance doesn’t cover it.

The court said three of the people who suffer from chronic pain can grow the cannabis. “Until now it has not been legal for anyone to grow cannabis at home but these seriously ill people will now be allowed to,” court spokeswoman Stefanie Seifert said.”This is not a carte blanche for everyone to start growing cannabis at home – they have to be seriously ill people for whom nothing else works other than cannabis.”

Given the passage of a medical marijuana bill in New York State, this reporters believes people with health problems such chronic back pain should be able to grow their own cannabis because if you can’t afford to buy your medicine, then you should be able to grow it.