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Courts to decide on Cannabis doctor
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Courts to decide on Cannabis doctor

22.05.2012 From our online archive
An investigation into a Luxembourgish doctor and politician who prescribed therapeutic cannabis to patients has been handed to the Diekirch court.

An investigation into a Luxembourgish doctor and politician who prescribed therapeutic cannabis to patients has been handed to the Diekirch court.

Jean Colombera was arrested in 2010 and his offices searched following a complaint that the ADR politician was prescribing cannabis to one of his patients.

The medical records of 20 patients were seized and have been studied by investigators.

According to Luxembourg law cannabis is considered a narcotic regardless of its form or presentation. As such it is forbidden to import, market it or consume it. However, a doctor may prescribe cannabis to a patient provided the prescribed period does not exceed seven days and the drug is issued on a special counterfoil issued by the health ministry.

The investigation, which has since concluded, looked at whether Dr Colombera had adhered to these strict rules. The case has since been forwarded to the council chamber of the Diekirch district court, which will decide if the GP must go to court for violating the law on the sale of medical substances in the fight against addiction.