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10 Countries Which Have Legalized Marijuana For Medicinal Purposes

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Women and Child Development Minister Maneka Gandhi suggested last week “marijuana should be legalized for medical purposes, especially as it serves a purpose in cancer”. Now, before one jumps to conclusion that how can weed that is synonymous with getting high and drugs be used for healing purpose, one must know that it has quite a few properties to reduce chronic pain, muscle spasms and complications arising due to chemotherapy. Hence, many countries have legalized it for medicinal purposes.

A marijuana starter plant is for sale at a medical marijuana dispensary in Seattle, Washington, in this November 20, 2012 file photo. REUTERS/Anthony Bolante/Files (UNITED STATES - Tags: DRUGS SOCIETY HEALTH BUSINESS)

(1) Argentina 

A new entry which has recently legalized Marijuana in March 2017, Argentina also agreed to provide treatment free of charge for those who qualify for marijuana medical treatment.

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(2) Australia

It has legalized in Aug 2016 after passing the Narcotic Drugs Act to allow cannabis to be grown for medical and scientific purposes.

(3) Croatia

Medical cannabis is legal in Croatia for patients suffering from certain illnesses such as cancer, AIDS or multiple sclerosis.

(4) Columbia

Although Columbia first decriminalized the possession of marijuana in 2012, it was only in May 2016 that they legalized cannabis for scientific and medical purposes.

(5) Jamaica

Jamaica decriminalized the possession of marijuana and also created a cannabis licensing authority to cultivate and distribute marijuana for medical and scientific purposes in 2015.

(6) France

France does not allow the sale of medical marijuana per se, but those that contain cannabis derivatives, such as cannabinoids.

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(7) Romania

Romania too has legalized only the cannabis derivatives, but not its direct use.

(8) Czech Republic

Medical cannabis was approved in 2013 under very strict control. Cannabis can only be imported from the Netherlands and a special electronic prescription is required from a specific group of medical professionals for its use.

(9) Finland

Finland had legalized marijuana way back in 2008, to be prescribed to patients only after they do not respond to traditional medicines.

(10) Chile

Chile legalized medical marijuana in 2005, and started growing its own cannabis in 2014.

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