After medical marijuana was made legal back in February, yesterday, April 2nd, medical marijuana was made available through pharmacies to people living in the Czech Republic for patients who are suffering from various diseases like cancer, Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis and psoriasis. It is however not covered by insurance.
Pharmacies in the Czech Republic now selling medical marijuana
While the drug became formally legal on Monday already, it was virtually unavailable since the pharmacies were closed over the Easter long weekend. Prague will be importing the drug for about a year from Israel or the Netherlands, until the State Institute for Drug Control starts allowing local growers to grow their own marijuana.
The same institute will also be determining the crop area and organise tenders for marijuana purchases from farmers.
Ever since joining the EU back in 2004, the Czech Republic has shown a very liberal stance towards soft drugs. Currently, people who have up to 15 grammes (0.53 ounces) of marijuana on them, or are growing up to 5 different plants of cannabis, will only risk a small fine.
The use however has seen a decline, from 16.1% in 2011, down from 20.3% a year earlier.