Medical marijuana in ‘high’ demand with over 13,000 applications: report

Prior to legalization in March, only about 1,000 people in Germany had permission to use the drug for special medical purposes
The Local (Germany)
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
More and more people in Germany are applying for prescription cannabis and receiving reimbursements from their health insurance company. Ten months after medical marijuana was legalized, a surprising total of over 13,000 patients have applied for it, reports Rheinische Post (RP). The newspaper came to these findings after conducting a survey with three health insurance companies: Allgemeine Ortskrankenkasse (AOK), Barmer and Techniker Krankenkasse (TK). Though two-thirds of the cases are usually approved, this does not mean that the rest have been rejected. Applications aren’t always complete and patients have the opportunity to resubmit them. (See also: Germany's medicinal cannabis market struggles with short supply and high costs)