by Stefanie on 22/07/2014 | Cannabis News

Newsflash: German court allows private cannabis cultivation for therapeutic purposes

Two weeks ago, five German cannabis patients submitted their respective cases to the Cologne Administrative Court. They filed a suit for private cannabis cultivation. Today, the verdict was announced: Private cannabis cultivation for therapeutic purposes can be allowed in individual cases.


Two weeks ago, five German cannabis patients submitted their respective cases to the Cologne Administrative Court. They filed a suit for private cannabis cultivation. Today, the verdict was announced: Private cannabis cultivation for therapeutic purposes can be allowed in individual cases.

For three out of these five patients, their long lasting fight takes a positive turn with the hearing held in Cologne on July 8th and today’s verdict. Their claim was granted. This means that the German State Institute for Medicine (Budensinstitut für Arzneimittel und Medizinprodukte, or BfArM) is obligated to reassess their applications for self-supply of the medicine cannabis.

cannabis medizinThe court explicitly pointed out that all requirements, which are needed for approval of self-cultivation, need an in-depth and individual assessment. The three patients that have received a positive verdict fulfill all requirements. Until now, BfArM has vehemently fought against self-cultivation. One of their reasons was that patients cannot guarantee safe and secure growing conditions. However, in a press release the Cologne Administrative Court announces:

In three cases the requirements are being met. This means in particular that third party access to plants and products can be acceptably eliminated with indoor cultivation. The detailed modalities can be determined by individual requirements.”

The court generally accepts appeal against all five verdicts.

Step by step, the big goal is in reach.

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