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No medical marijuana at Vatican pharmacy


The Vatican's pharmacy announced yesterday that will not fill prescriptions for medical marijuana because there are many medical alternatives available for the relief of pain.

It said it would not stock or sell medicines based on cannabis, the plant that yields marijuana. The pharmacy sells a wide range of medications, including some not available in Italy.

Because there were rumors and reports that cannabis-based drugs could be used in the treatment of glaucoma, the Vatican pharmacy said that it released yesterday's statements "to avoid persistent questions and to stem useless hopes."

The short statement made it clear: "Such medication has never been for sale here, nor in the possession of this establishment."

LINKS
The Science of Medical Marijuana

SOURCE
CWN

24 May 2002