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2. How is medical marijuana produced?
The 2017 law put the Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices (BfArM) in charge of creating a ‘cannabis agency’ to regulate the cultivation, manufacture and sale at pharmacies of medical cannabis. As this is still a work in progress, imported products are to be used.
Pharmacies can sell it in the dried bud form, as an extract, or as an oil from the plant.
3. A year on, has the law helped patients?
In November The Local took a close up look at the law and the effects it had. We found that the drug had gotten off to a slow start in Germany as doctors were still reluctant to prescribe it to patients. Meanwhile insurance companies also often turn down the request for them to pay for the drug, claiming the case isn’t “serious.”
With a shortage existing in the supply of the drug through legal means many patients are still turning to the black market.