By Caterina Tani

As of 1 January, Denmark now allows the use of medical cannabis for patients suffering from various illnesses.

The four year-trial was authorised on 18 December by the parliament in Copenhagen, in a move which also licensed some companies to grow and produce the drug in the Scandinavian country.

Cannabis is increasingly recognised as a valid tool to fight pain by the international medical and scientific community.

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