Thousands in Malta suffering over extreme restrictions on medical cannabis, says family doctor

he 2015 reform of Malta’s drug laws saw medical cannabis partially legalised as a last resort for chronic pain sufferers. However, two years down the line, not a single patient has yet been treated with medical cannabis because the only form of it which can be prescribed – the mouth spray Sativex – cannot be found on the Maltese market.

Meanwhile, a doctor who had started treating his patients with a hemp-based oil has now been banned from doing so.

Andrew Agius, a family doctor who runs the Pain Clinic in Paola, told MaltaToday of his frustration at the authorities’ lethargy in updating the law and at the reluctance of other doctors to join his cause. 

“There are around 80,000 people suffering from chronic pain in Malta and without this medicine they are being forced to live in pain,” he said. “Unfortunately, there’s still a stigma on marijuana as a...

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