In this week’s Health Minister Belgium, she said that the use of medicinal cannabis is not tolerated. The minister was right, as it’s illegal to do so in Belgium, a country that is one of the most progressive countries in Europe. And the minister did not hesitate to state her position to the press that cannabis should be illegal to use in Belgium.
The Health Minister, Anne Lauwers, is doing exactly what she promised: she is following through on her promise to bring an end to the use of cannabis. It has been a great victory for the government of Belgium and for those who are in favor of legalizing the use of cannabis.
Anne Lauwers is not a doctor. She does not have a degree in medicine and is not even a trained therapist. But she did graduate from Le Touesspuren, a school that is run by the Department of Public Health and the University of Brussels.
When the Belgian government passed the “Compact Concerning the Legalization of Certain Drugs”, it included provisions on the use of cannabis in medicinal purposes. This legislation states that doctors shall prescribe cannabis only to people who are suffering from severe or persistent forms of chronic pain or who are facing other serious illnesses.
The use of cannabis is prohibited under federal law, but there is no legal regulation in place concerning the production and distribution of cannabis. Therefore the local councils in Belgium are allowed to create their own local rules on the manufacture and sale of cannabis.
It is very important to understand that cannabis is considered to be a controlled substance in Belgium. All medical doctors that deal with the medical use of cannabis are required to take an advanced training course that includes a study of medical laws and procedures.
Although the use of cannabis is prohibited, cannabis is still widely used. For example it can be found in the home brew known as hash and also in cigarettes.
There is still work to be done before it is possible to make cannabis available to all medical doctors, but Anne Lauwers is leading the way. She believes that a cannabis-free society is not just desirable, it is possible in Belgium and she is taking positive steps to achieve this.
It is important to remember that Belgium is not the only country that is facing the problem of cannabis abuse. In the U.S. marijuana is one of the most commonly abused substances. In fact marijuana is the most frequently used illegal drug in the U.S. (and Canada) after cocaine. Many of the people who get arrested for marijuana possession in the U.S. have no prior criminal record and many of them are young and inexperienced, which makes the task of finding a defense for their charges that much more difficult.
Because cannabis is not regulated, many people who have criminal records for possessing cannabis will not be able to access medical cannabis in Belgium. However, a recent study by the U.S. Department of Justice found that many patients were able to obtain the cannabis for medical purposes in countries such as the Netherlands.
As a result of this study, Belgium’s Health Minister wants to try to encourage similar programs to the ones that exist in the Netherlands. The goal of the program is to give patients the same access to cannabis that is given to patients in the Netherlands and to see if it can help reduce the number of arrests for cannabis possession.
Currently the program allows qualified medical doctors to prescribe medical cannabis without having to go through the approval process for the National Pharmaceutical Register, which is the national database where new pharmaceuticals are approved. This means that doctors can provide patients with the medicine that they need. The medical cannabis is then delivered to patients through pharmacies.
Many doctors are encouraging patients to participate in the program and many more are recommending it to friends and family members. Anne Lauwers seems to be a strong supporter of the program and she hopes that more doctors will encourage their patients to participate in it.