VILNIUS, Oct. 11 (Xinhua) -- Use of medicines containing cannabis will be made legal in Lithuania as of May 2019, Lithuania's parliament decided on Thursday.
The parliament adopted amendments to the Law on Control of Drugs and Psychotropic Substances, under which in certain cases medicines with cannabis will be made available on prescription to Lithuania's patients suffering from certain serious diseases.
"If the parliament is ready to adopt this decision, we will make a very important step towards guaranteeing the best possible treatment for patients suffering from serious illnesses," Mykolas Majauskas, member of the parliament, said during the parliamentary debates.
The use of medicines with psychotropic ingredients will be used strictly controlled, Majauskas underlined.
According to the parliament's decision, medicine with cannabis will be made available for treatment of oncological illnesses, multiple sclerosis, HIV/AIDS and chronic pain, as well as severe forms of epilepsy and sleep or anxiety disorders.