Greece legalizes medical cannabis


Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras

Greece’s government announced that cannabis is effectively legal for medicinal use in the country. The Ministers of Heath and Justice joint ministerial decision was published in the Official Gazette on Friday, which allows the import of pharmaceutical products containing medical cannabis.

“From now on, the country is turning its page, as Greece is now included in countries where the delivery of medical cannabis to patients in need is legal,” Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras stated in a press briefing at the Ministry of Health.

Cannabis will be reclassified from Table A – the most restrictive category of narcotics which includes heroin, LSD and MDMA  – to Table B, the category that includes drugs such as methadone, cocaine and opium. The new classification will potentially allow for cultivation licenses in the near future, although nothing has been officially announced.

Prime Minister Tsipras also stated cannabis-based medicines will be available for import once framework for cultivation is fully established.