Medical cannabis is in many cases very effective against health problems. In general, therefore, cannabis as such can help the human body from many complications.
So what is the main problem? Legal use. Despite countless studies that confirm that medical marijuana does help, we are still at a standstill and in many states the substance is still labeled as illegal. Fortunately, the situation is improving.
Medical cannabis in the Czech Republic
In the Czech Republic, there is a political party called “Piráti” or “Pirátská Strana” (Pirates). This party is progressive in many ways and has long been campaigning for the authorisation of medical cannabis in the medical sector and, in general, for a relaxation of the conditions relating to the possession and cultivation of this plant.
Two politicians, namely Tomas Vymazal and Radek Holomcik, have fought for the advocacy. Thus, the local Chamber of Deputies adopted an amendment on addictive substances and from 1 January 2022 there will be several changes, of course, more favourable ones.
What will change?
What does the adoption of the amendment mean for the citizens of this country? The amendment will not be in force until 1 January next year, so just quickly and without technical details. Let’s get on with it:
1) The THC content limit for technical cannabis will be increased to 1% – so cannabis growers will not have to worry about criminalisation due to good weather and other growing conditions.
2) Farmers growing varieties of technical hemp from the Common European Catalogue will not have to prove the THC content of the hemp plants – they will only have to provide a certificate of origin for the seed.
3) More affordable and administratively accessible licences will also give normal entrepreneurs the opportunity to get involved in the production of cannabis for medicinal use.
4) Allowing the mass extraction of cannabis for medicinal use will significantly expand the range of medicinal forms available to patients who are treated with cannabis.
5) All cannabis extracts that have a THC content of up to 1% by weight and that do not have intoxicating effects will be completely exempted from the substance abuse regime. This means that, for example, an ointment made from a non-intoxicating CBD variety of cannabis will no longer be an addictive substance, even though it contains THC and even though the original cannabis plant may have exceeded 1% THC. The dilution of the active substances during the manufacture of the ointment will result in an ‘extract’ which will not be an addictive substance within the meaning of the law.
Medical cannabis in czech republic
All in all, then, this is a package of pragmatic measures, unencumbered by dogmatism and stereotyping, which are unfortunately still major obstacles to Czech addiction policy. These two politicians have seen this first-hand during the discussion of this amendment.
The important points of the amendment are the possibility of growing cannabis plants with a THC content of 1% and the cultivation of medicinal cannabis without the need to show any certification.
This is great news for the people of the Czech Republic, as they are getting into a slightly more favourable situation.
We are happy to be working with this country and look forward to seeing how this situation continues to develop with medical cannabis. In the meantime, you may look at our store and see what we have to offer.
You can see the original article of this political party (in Czech).