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Swedish doctor applies to prescribe cannabis

For the first time in Sweden, a doctor has applied for permission to prescribe naturally grown marijuana for medicinal purposes.

Daily newspaper Svenska Dagbladet reports that the specific type of cannabis requested, named Bedrocan, is not a legal medicine in Sweden. It is however in many other countries like Finland, Italy, and Germany. The Swedish Medical Products Agency has declined to allow Bedrocan to be prescribed. The agency said there are not enough studies of the drug's effects and safety.

There are other approved cannabis-based medicines in Sweden, but they are permitted only for very restricted patient groups.

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