German court allows patients to grow medical marijuana

A cannabis plant grows in a garden in Cologne, Germany, July 15, 2014A German court ruled for the first time Tuesday that seriously ill patients may grow their own marijuana for medical purposes in certain cases. The administrative court in the western city of Cologne said that while cannabis remained illegal for general use in Germany, it may be cultivated at home by some patients with medical permits for the drug. The decision came as many parts of the world are relaxing laws on cannabis use and medicinal marijuana is gaining popularity to ease suffering from cancer, glaucoma, HIV or AIDS, Hepatitis C, Parkinson's disease and other serious conditions. Five patients with chronic pain had filed suits to gain permission from Germany's Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices to grow their own medical marijuana.



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