Malaga, Spain: An increasing number of Spaniards with terminal and/or chronic diseases are using cannabis therapeutically, according to a report published earlier this week in El Sur newspaper.
Use of cannabis for medicinal purposes among the Spanish population may be increasing by as much as 20 percent annually, the report said.
Though medicinal cannabis is not available legally in Spain, possession of marijuana is not defined as a criminal offense under federal law.
Last year, Spanish health officials approved the importation and use of Sativex, an oral spray consisting of natural cannabis extracts, for select patients suffering from Multiple Sclerosis (MS), neuropathic pain, and other conditions.
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