The Netherlands is only one of the three countries in the world with a nationally sponsored medical marijuana program, alongside Canada and Israel.
The Dutch Association for Legal Cannabis and its Constituents as Medicine (NCSM) works only with professionals in the field of medicinal cannabis. Their team consists of a criminologist, a pharmacist and pharmaceutical researchers.
Their website states that their mission is to “improve the acceptance of medicinal cannabis.” The main goals of the program are to collect information on medicinal cannabis, distribute knowledge and raise awareness, and to create networks and dialogue.
Not only does the NCSM believe that scientific research is important, but the knowledge and experience of patients, physicians and caretakers is valuable as well.
“NCSM wants to keep the door open to such information so we can learn from experienced users as well as the scientists,” the website reads.