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.
Opposition lawmakers have rebuked the government for a "deliberate obstruction" of legal cannabis laws. Producers are likely to have to wait at least six more months to receive licenses.
Thailand has become the first Southeast Asian country to legalize medicinal marijuana after parliament voted to amend a narcotics law. Marijuana use to relieve pain and fatigue was common in Thailand until the 1930s.
After recreational marijuana became legal in Canada, the Vienna-based International Narcotics Control Board slammed the decision in a statement calling the step incompatible with UN international drug treaties.
Rwanda made headlines as the first country to pilot blood deliveries by drone. Ghana's parliament has now approved its own drone project, despite initial skepticism.
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