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Govt 'won't challenge' Abruzzo law allowing medical cannabis

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Rome, March 7 - The Italian government has decided
not to challenge a regional law that would permit the supply of
cannabis-based prescription drugs in Abruzzo, government sources
said.
The decision would open the door for legal marijuana use
for therapeutic purposes in the central Italian region.
The case refers to a law passed this past January.
The area has been on the vanguard of cannabis legislation
in Italy for years.
In 2010 a multiple sclerosis (MS) sufferer there received
Italy's first legal batch of cannabis supplied to an individual
for therapeutic purposes.
That came after a landmark decision by a court in the
Abruzzo town of Avezzano, which ruled that the local health
authority was obliged to provide marijuana free in certain cases
for therapeutic purposes.
Cannabis is known to have beneficial effects for a number
of medical conditions, although sufferers frequently have to
obtain it illegally to take advantage of them.
In the case of MS, the muscle tremor and spasticity
symptoms of the disease, which affects the ability of nerve
cells in the brain and spinal cord to communicate leading to a
range of problems, can be eased by the drug, according to some
clinical tests.
Supporters of marijuana therapies say conventional
treatments for these symptoms are often less effective or cause
major side effects.

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