Bill on medicinal marihuana goes into its third reading

A bill on medicinal marihuana has gone into its third and final reading in the lower house. The legislation will allow patients with certain ailments to access a certain amount of marihuana on an electronic prescription. Although patients with multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease have long fought for this to be made possible there is criticism of the fact that the drug will have to be fully covered by the patient and will be ill-affordable at approximately 10 000 to 15 000 crowns per month. If the bill is approved by both houses of Parliament medicinal marihuana should be available in the spring of next year. In the first year it would be imported, giving Czech producers time to establish themselves and the authorities time to impose and effective control mechanism.