Patients will be allowed to use medical marijuana after a doctor issues notification that other treatments were ineffective, according to the related law.
"We want to give the best possible care to the seriously ill," said Gröhe, a Christian Democrat, in a press release from the health ministry on Wednesday.
Previously, patients seeking to use medical marijuana needed special permission to obtain it and had to pay for it themselves. According to the government, 647 people in Germany had obtained the necessary permission as of April.
Adel Ben Guessoum