Parliament considering medicinal cannabis in Denmark: Majority in favour

A number of parties are behind Alternativet’s bill to legalise the drug for medicinal use

Some patients already use the drug, despite it being illegal (photo: iStock) Some patients already use the drug, despite it being illegal (photo: iStock)
December 11th, 2015 2:23 pm| by Philip Tees
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Parliament has today started debating a law proposal by Alternativet to legalise cannabis for medicinal use.

Sophie Løhde, the health minister, has expressed opposition to the bill, but a number of other parties stand behind Alternativet and could force it through with a slim parliamentary majority, TV2 reports.

Dansk Folkeparti, Liberal Alliance, Socialistisk Folkeparti and Radikale have all expressed support for Alternativet’s proposal. Together they represent 88 votes in Parliament, which is precisely the number needed to pass a law.


Already being used
In its remarks to the law proposal presented to Parliament, Alternativet highlights there is growing evidence of the effectiveness of medicinal cannabis.

“Even though medicinal cannabis is prohibited in Denmark, almost one in 14 Danes have either used or know someone who uses the treatment form anyway. Many of them say this type of treatment is successful and these stories back up more and more research that shows that cannabis used for medicinal purposes can relieve and alleviate pain with many disorders and illnesses,” it stated.

Liselott Blixt, Dansk Folkeparti’s health spokesperson, pointed out to Ekstra Bladet that cannabis is already being used for medicinal purposes by Danes, despite its illegality.

“I have spoken with many patients who have had to become criminals in order to get peace or pain relief,” she said.

“We can see that several countries allow particular groups of patients to get medicinal cannabis to relieve their illness. I think we should give patients in Denmark the same possibility.”