“Sick people have waited too long” – Romania to host international debate on medicinal cannabis

“Sick people have waited too long” – Romania to host international debate on medicinal cannabis
Cannabis Health News

UK campaigners will take part in an international debate on medicinal cannabis, in another step towards legal access for patients in Romania. Prominent advocates from across Europe will travel to Romania this week to take part in the country’s first international debate on medicinal cannabis. UK experts, Hannah Deacon and Professor Mike Barnes, are among the guests invited to speak to Romanian leaders on Tuesday 22 November, along with German lawyer, Sita Schubert, secretary general and co-founder of the European Medicinal Cannabis Association. While medicinal and recreational use of cannabis remains prohibited in Romania, pharmaceutical derivatives of the plant can be used to treat certain medical conditions, such as epilepsy, cancer and multiple sclerosis under provisions in two of the Narcotic Drug Regulations. However, virtually no patients have been able to access these medicines legally due to a lack of prescribing and of interest from companies in applying for licences to supply them, according to market analysts, Prohibition Partners.  The event, which is the first time medicinal cannabis has been discussed in the Romanian Parliament at this level, will provide a forum for participants to debate the benefits of cannabis for medical purposes and how to facilitate access for patients in the country.  Alexandra Cârstea, founding president of the Victoria Mea association Alexandra Cârstea, founding president of the Victoria Mea association, who is hosting the event, has campaigned for legal access to medical cannabis since 2017 after her mother was diagnosed with cancer.  Ms Cârstea’s national petition provided the legal ground for the draft law, known today as the ‘Victoria’ law (named after her mother) under which the cannabis plant – and substances and preparations containing cannabis – may be used for medical purposes. She commented: “I started on this path out of love for my mother and I have…

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