A Maltese MEP has launched a Europe-wide alliance of policy-makers trying to market better understanding over medicinal cannabis and legislation that is harmonising Member States.
The group, European Medicinal Cannabis Alliance, was announced by Alex Agius Saliba, with a number of other MEPs like Poland’s Robert Biedroń, Italy’s Brando Benifel and Belgium’s Maria Arena already on board.
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In a letter inviting all MEPs to join the alliance, the group noted that though medicinal cannabis is “increasingly being used more frequently to treat patients with various conditions”, any progress is being “slowed” due to regulations that are different utilization of the plant throughout the EU’s 27 Member States.
“An Effort to standardise legislation across the board would in turn help to tackle other elements which are linked together to this presssing issue,” the MEPs said in the letter. They noted that different legislations were leading to variance that is major rates in addition to some nations becoming more prone to choosing the medication rented out already.
“Harmonisation associated with legislation will be tackling these also added problems which all see the different standards of legislation as root of cause,” they said.
Speaking to Lovin Malta, Agius Saliba explained that it was time for the concerns of Europe’s cannabis that are medical become heard.
“Today, on World Cancer Day, we have been starting the Alliance for healthcare Cannabis. An initiative that i’ve been coordinating for the last months with a few MEPs from various governmental groups,” he said.
“The Alliance is likely to be working with patients’ legal rights, harmonisation of EU legislation with regards to also market access and research and innovation. It’s high time as we speak are still being treated as second class patients,” he continued.
“Our that we give full access to medical cannabis patients who priority is the fact that of reducing rates and access that is increasing harmonisation of requirements at EU level.”