In the Netherlands the ‘Medicinal Cannabis Program’ started in 2003. From then medicinal cannabis is available for patients in the pharmacy on prescription as well as for research and product development. The Office of Medicinal Cannabis (OMC) is responsible for the availability, the quality control of the batches of cannabis, contracting of third parties as well as export of cannabis to other countries. Cannabis can be prescribed by physicians and is not reimbursed. The OMC informs patients and physicians about medicinal cannabis with leaflets and E-modules.