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 over 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 costs along with some nations becoming more vunerable to choosing the medication rented out already.
“Harmonisation for the 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 medical cannabis patients to be heard.
“Today, on World Cancer Day, we are launching the Alliance for Medical Cannabis. An initiative that I have been coordinating for the past months with several MEPs from different political groups,” he said.
“The Alliance will be dealing with patients’ rights, harmonisation of EU legislation when it comes 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 that of reducing prices and access that is increasing harmonisation of criteria at EU level.”