By Nicola Cowell
A DRUG containing cannabis to treat MS sufferers has been made legal in Spain.
The tongue spray, Sativex, is proven to reduce muscle spasms in people who suffer from Multiple Sclerosis and whose condition does not respond to other pain killers.
British company GW Pharmaceuticals got the green light to distribute the drug in the UK last month, and have now been approved here with the help of Spanish partners Almirall.
Marketers now hope to get backing from other EU countries like France, Germany and Italy.
The Spanish Ministry of Health will now seek pricing approval for the drug, which is expected to be awarded towards the end of the year.
Health minister Trinidad Jimenez said the drug will be carefully prescribed and the health authority has ruled out the possibility of cannabis being used to treat other diseases like cancer.