Greece

Mon
29
Jan

How Greece is growing medical marijuana to tackle high unemployment

Greece is taking advantage of its warm climate to cultivate pot and create more than 2,000 jobs.

The Greek economy has been hammered by 10 years of financialcrisis, with unemployment topping 20 per cent every year since 2012. Now, the government thinks pot growers can help.

A project to cultivate, process and export medical marijuana in Veroia, in the fertile north of the country, shows how Greece sees cannabis as a possible growth industry for the country, which has a warm, dry climate similar to California. New legislation could make the plan a reality as soon as next summer.

Mon
15
Jan

Greece set to allow Medical Cannabis use

Greece's parliament is expected to approve the medical use of cannabis in the coming weeks, a deputy minister said Sunday, adding that the change would attract investment to the country.

"In a few weeks' time, an amendment will be brought to parliament to define the legislative framework for the cultivation and manufacturing of pharmaceutical products based on medical cannabis, which will open the way for Greek and foreign investments," deputy agricultural development minister Yannis Tsironis told AFP.

Mon
20
Nov

You'll never guess which country is betting on marijuana to pull its economy out of the doldrums

When it comes to the fastest-growing industries in the world, legal marijuana ranks pretty high up the list (pun fully intended). In North America, cannabis research firm ArcView found that legal sales grew by 34% to $6.9 billion in 2016 and expects the North American market to reach nearly $22 billion in sales by 2021. That type of consistent, rapid growth is tough to come by, which is why investors have latched on to marijuana stocks and pushed many higher by well over 100%.

Tue
17
Oct

Greek official calls for marijuana legalization

On Greek TV, a Greek official calls for marijuana legalization for recreational purposes. The official in question is Yiannis Tsironis. He’s the Deputy Minister for Agriculture, originating from Greece’s Green Party. Yeah, we figured as much.

The Green in Greece

Like many other countries, our own included, Greek federal policy outlaws cannabis.

Wed
02
Aug

Why Will Europe Be Slow in Legalising Medical Cannabis

Drug policy usually moves like an iceberg: slowly. And while and it can be hard to turn, sometimes it changes course in an unexpected direction. In the case of cannabis or marijuana, it may be picking up speed, but there are rough waters ahead.

Mon
10
Jul

Could Greece's legalisation of cannabis save them money?

Earlier this month, Greece joined several European countries, including the Netherlands, Portugal, Finland, the Czech Republic and Spain, in legalising marijuana for therapeutic purposes. This revolutionary move now allows the medical community to use cannabis-based medicine to treat patients in need. In the context of the economic crisis and decaying health care system, could this new decision help Greece save money?
Tue
04
Jul

Greece legalizes marijuana for medical purposes

Greece has become the latest European country to legalize marijuana for medical purposes.

Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said last week that doctors will soon be able to prescribe the drug for a variety of medical conditions.

Cannabis is normally prescribed for conditions like muscle spasms, chronic pain, PTSD, epilepsy and cancer.

“From now on, the country is turning its page, as Greece is now included in countries where the delivery of medical cannabis to patients in need is legal.” Mr Tsipras said at a press conference, as reported by the Greek Government Gazette.

Greece is the sixth EU country to take this action after the Czech Republic, Finland, the Netherlands, Portugal and Spain have already legalised the drug for medical use.

Tue
25
Apr

Use, Production of Medical Cannabis May Be Legalized in Greece

The Health Ministry is set to propose changes to legislation covering the use and production of medicinal cannabis.

Health Minister Andreas Xanthos suggested measures are on the way allowing doctors to prescribe drugs that contain cannabis purely for medical reasons.

The government is also set to put forward draft legislation that would allow these types of medicines to be packaged and produced in Greece. The ministry’s decisions are based on a scientific study on the effectiveness of medicinal cannabis for treating certain illnesses.

Medical experts suggest the use of cannabis helps alleviate the symptoms of chronic pain, glaucoma and multiple sclerosis. However, they also warn it can be addictive and regular use can cause psychotic disorders.

Wed
21
Sep

Teenage Cannabis Use Rises in Europe - EU Espad Survey

Cigarette and alcohol use among 15- and 16-year-olds is declining across Europe but the numbers using cannabis are growing, an EU survey shows.

The Espad report for 2015 includes most EU countries, but not Germany or the UK, and data for Spain is incomplete. 

In 2015 "current smokers" accounted for 21% of those surveyed, and the highest total was in Italy (37%). 

In 1995-2015 those using alcohol in the past 30 days fell from 56% to 47%. Top in cannabis use were the Czechs (37%).

That figure for Czech teenagers reporting a lifetime experience of cannabis was higher than the level in the US - 31% in comparable surveys. 

Thu
28
Jul

Debate on medical use of cannabis in Greece begins

The ministry of health on Monday announced the formation of a working group consisting of  academics, psychiatrists, and scientific and legal advisers of the prime minister, health ministry and the justice ministry and members of patient associations, to initiate a discussion on the medical use of the cannabis.
The group’s mission is to assess the contemporary use of the cannabis and the legislative framework, and to propose feasible regulations that would make the medicinal use of cannabis possible.
It's findings will be advisory and the working group is to submit its propositions to the minister of health by October 30, 2016.

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