Change in the law cannabis medicines
Patients already receive medicinal cannabis as part of their treatment. Particularly in the case of cancer or multiple sclerosis, it is used to alleviate chronic pain. Doctors, however, must apply to the federal government for an exemption to prescribe it. In the view of the Federal Council, this procedure makes access to treatment more difficult, delays the start of therapy and is no longer expedient in view of the increasing number of applications. It therefore decided last week to lift the current ban as of August 1. However, the sale and consumption for non-medical purposes will remain banned. The reimbursement of costs will not change: cannabis medicines will still only be reimbursed by the compulsory health insurance in exceptional cases.