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Medical cannabis: thinking out of the box of the healthcare system

Abstract : France is about to experiment with legal access to medical cannabis. In this short contribution, we propose an analysis of this regulation choice in light of the intrinsic characteristics of medical cannabis and the lessons learned from other countries. More precisely, we argue that scientific evidence for the efficacy of cannabis is limited, which favors restrictive regulation schemes, similar to those found in other European countries. However, since there are strong technical and economic barriers to demonstrating the efficacy of medical cannabis, more accommodative regulatory frameworks such as those found in North America, have advantages, but these are also at risk of excessive or diverted use. In order to keep the best of both systems, it might be possible to design innovative regulatory frameworks based on a dual-distribution system for medical cannabis. Cannabis Social Clubs, for example, could serve as a distribution structure complementary to the conventional healthcare system.
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Fortin Davide, Sophie Massin. Medical cannabis: thinking out of the box of the healthcare system. Journal de gestion et d'Economie de la santé, ESKA, 2020, pp.110-118. ⟨hal-03131289⟩



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