In view of the on-going progress in the field of the medical use of cannabis at international level, as well as the current developments in our country, NGO Diogenis within a network of collaborating civil society organizations – with years of experience, knowledge and activity in this specific area of interest – is undertaking the initiative to set up and coordinate the establishment of the “Greek Observatory for the Medical Use of Cannabis”.
The common goal of our organizations is to ensure the immediate, unhindered and legal access of patients to quality cannabis for medical use based on international evidence based data and best practices.
The issue of Drug Consumption Rooms has been discussed for some time now in Greece, and as a country we have the 10-month experience of such an room in the center of Athens. (“ODYSSEAS” program, 2013-2014). Drug Consumption Rooms have been operating for decades in many countries in Europe and globally, providing important data and conclusions.
It is also important, in our country, that any discussion for this issue, to be done only on the basis of scientifically substantiated data.
You can read here the press release of “Diogenes” on the occasion of the relevant Press Release of KETHEA (30/5/2017).
The report of the Working Group for the Medical Use of Cannabis delivered to the Health Minister, Mr. Xanthos, was published yesterday, Wednesday 22.02.2017. We are very pleased with this development, as in a recent letter Diogenis together with other Civil Society organizations requested official information regarding the progress of the Working Group’s tasks.
“Diogenis”, together with the other member-organizations of the greek ‘NGO Platform for Psychoactive Substances”, has repeatedly expressed its concerne regarding to the fact that the Greek State has not yet an approved Drug Strategy and an Action Plan.
We are very pleased that the Greek parliament is taking the initiative to address a parliamentary question on this issue and we hope that the Ministry of Health and the Prime Minister, as the competent national authorities, will undertake the responsibility of implementing the national law on addictive substances. According to this law, the Prime Minister should convene the Interministerial Committee, that will approve the National Strategy and Action Plan on drugs, and will submit the relevant proposals to the Greek parliament.
The NGO Platform on psychoactive substances requested to be represented in the National Planning and Coordination Committee responsible for addressing drug issues, but have not yet received a response. We hope that the Greek parliament will take the needed legislative initiatives, with the aim of active involvement and equal participation of Civil Society in the policy-making process. Read more
At the 3rd Greek National Forensic Psychiatry Conference organized from 9-11 December 2016 in Athens, a round table discussion took place on “Sentencing of Drug Offenders, the Legislators Policy and the Practice of the Courts in South East Europe”. Participants at the round table were: Mrs. M. Malliori, psychiatrist, Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Hospital “Eginition” (coordinator) Mr. Ath. Apostolou, Director of the NGO “Diogenis” DRUG policy dialogue, Mr. K. Kokkolis, psychiatrist responsible of the Piraeus Rehabilitation Unit, OKANA and Ms. Ch. Papageorgiou, responsible for the Legal Service, of NGO «Centre for Life». Read more