Luxembourg is one of the first countries to legalise medical cannabis, a pilot project that has been up and running since 2019. RTL’s Annick Goerens spoke to Minister of Health Paulette Lenert about its developments.
Demand for medical cannabis in Luxembourg is high: since January 2019, 630 patients have received a cannabis prescription, Lenert said. “The average is roughly 40 grams per patient, which adds up to almost 270kg per year.”
Who can get medical cannabis?
Obtaining a prescription is not easy. Patients must have a serious illness, often at an advanced stage, experience severe pain, or have symptoms that stimulate fear.
Furthermore, cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy are also eligible to take cannabis, as it helps against nausea. If a patient has cramps, such as with multiple sclerosis, they may obtain a prescription. Overall, then, only patients in pain therapy can make use of the new law.
“Is it precise enough? Is it not too generous? A cannabis prescription is free of charge, so we must make sure that it really has a successful impact,” Lenert explained.
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