Medicinal marihuana still unaffordable for most of those who need it
More than two years after a law legalizing medical marihuana came into force and eight months after it first appeared on the market it remains out of reach for the majority of patients who need it. Finding a doctor authorized to prescribe it and a pharmacy that stocks it is not easy, but the biggest hurdle on the road to obtaining it is its exorbitant price.
Seventeen specialists around the country are so far authorized to prescribe medical marihuana. They have so far issued 21 electronic prescriptions for 221 grams of medical marihuana altogether – a much smaller amount than originally expected. Dr. Tomáš Zábranský, a leading drugs specialist who spearheaded the drive for the legalization of medical marihuana says it is not surprising that demand for it has not been higher.
“The diseases which would benefit from the use of medical marihuana are debilitating diseases, meaning that those who really need it are people on an invalid pension. So given the fact that medical marihuana is beyond their economic means it is small wonder we don’t see it applied as much as expected.”
However this may soon change for the better. The company which has been granted the right to grow medical marihuana for the Czech market says it could be ready to start deliveries at the end of this year. This would bring the price of medical marihuana down to 75 crowns per gram and make it far more affordable to those who need it. As a result, pressure from patients could result in more specialists registering to prescribe it and more pharmacies ready to put it on stock.