A Spanish court has officially accepted that cannabis is a medicine. An Austrian man who was arrested in Barcelona airport last July with two kilograms of hashish has been acquitted by medical necessity.
Judge Araceli Aiguaviva accepted that the 54-year old defendant possessed the herb to use against the side-effects of cancer therapy.
“There is a lot of scientific evidence that hashish can have beneficial effects in people suffering from cancer,” said Aiguaviva, handing down her decision in December.
Although trafficking is banned in Spain, privacy laws allow cannabis cultivation and use in your own home.
In Alice Springs, Australia, a magistrate has accepted that a man accused of cultivating cannabis did so for medicinal reasons, specifically intense back pains. The judge still found Nicholas Gallitch, 54, guilty, but at the sentencing on January 4 he said “this is the breach of the law that has been driven by the pain you have suffered,” and sentenced the man to 28 days home detention.
In February 1999, the Queensland Supreme Court also accepted that marijuana was good medicine, when they heard the case of a man accused of growing 150 plants claimed they were for his back pain.