The Netherlands Cannot Supply Europe’s Cannabis Patients Single-Handedly

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Netherlands Based on rising demand, Bedrocan, the sole remaining producer of medicinal cannabis in Europe, tripled its production with the opening of a new production facility in 2015. Nevertheless, the company cannot supply Europe’s cannabis patients single-handedly.

Hesitation on the part of other EU states at the expense of cannabis patients

In 1993, the Netherlands was the first country in the EU to introduce a kind of forerunner to its current medicinal cannabis programme. In the early years, it only had to supply Dutch cannabis patients and this was not a problem given the capacities of the state-run programme. Two firms held a licence for cannabis cultivation; then, in 2001 and with the introduction of new rules, the Dutch “Bureau voor Medicinale Cannabis” (Office for Medicinal Cannabis, or OMC) became responsible for distribution. Dutch pharmacies have been providing cannabis flos on prescription since 2003, and until 2013 in Groningen ...

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