Government-Produced Medical Cannabis in The Netherlands

"The Bureau Medicinal Cannabis (BMC) only delivers the raw material, there is still no official 'cannabis medication' produced and registered by a pharmaceutical company. The BMC could be exploited cost-effective in 2010. In 2010, 102 kilograms of medicinal cannabis were delivered to pharmacies and it is estimated that about 558 patients were using it with an average of 0.5 gram per day per each person. Some Dutch health insurance companies reimburse medicinal cannabis in certain circumstances (TK Aanhangsel-2461). According to the Dutch Foundation for Pharmaceutical Statistics was medicinal cannabis in 2010 6,700 times supplied to 1,300 different patients. Every year there is an increase of about 10 per cent.2"


Van Laar, M.W., Cruts, A.A.N., Van Ooyen-Houben, M.M.J., Van Gageldonk, A., Croes, E.A., Meijer, R.F., et al. (2013). The Netherlands drug situation 2012: report to the EMCDDA by the Reitox National Focal Point. Trimbos-instituut/WODC, Utrecht/Den Haag, p. 20.