According to German law, medical marijuana is only prescribed for severe illnesses: chronic pain, multiple sclerosis, and cancer. To qualify, participation in a scientific study is required.
German activists have demanded tougher controls after thousands of patients reportedly received diluted cancer medications. Reports suggest the scandal can be traced to a single pharmacist acting out of financial gain.
The former French Open finalist and world number five Sara Errani has been banned from tennis until October after a failed a drugs test in February. She claims she took her mother's cancer drug by mistake.
Europe is a major market for illegal drugs, according to the latest European Drug Report. Experts have expressed concern about designer drugs and the growing number of drug-related deaths on the continent.
Uruguay has become the first country in the world to legalize the sale of cannabis in pharmacies without a prescription. Sixteen pharmacies will sell the herbal remedy from Wednesday, the government has said.
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