Czech pharmacies begin selling medical cannabis
Cannabis advocates celebrated last Monday as the Czech Republic legalized marijuana for medical prescription across its borders. Although marijuana smoking has gone down recently in the Czech Republic (20% of an age-group reportedly smoking in 2010 compared to 16% in 2011), the country has always been known for its rather loose drug laws and light enforcement, at times only imposing fines for carrying offenses of over half an ounce. Now, pharmacies (such as Prague) will start the import of medical herb into the country, followed by government issuing of growing licenses to Swedish growers (lasting up to 5 years). Authorities will also help with marijuana crop organization (growing areas, etc.) and organize purchases for interested Swedish farmers. Local dispensaries will sell to patients prescribed cards for cancer, psoriasis, MS, and Parkinson’s, though the tab isn’t yet covered through general health insurance.