Belgium: medical marijuana to be sold as from this summer

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BRUSSELS, June 12 (Xinhua) -- Medical marijuana is to go on sale in Belgium as from early July, De Morgen reported on Friday.

A royal decree legalising the sale of cannabis for pain alleviation was signed by Health Minister Maggie De Block on Thursday.

The decree allows for licensed medicines with an active ingredient of cannabis to be sold on prescription. It will be published in the Official Journal of the European Union in late June, with the law to come into effect ten days later.

Currently in Belgium, the only drug with cannabis as an active ingredient, is Sativex, a spray used in the treatment of...

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