Updated on January 31, 2019. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
Since its legalization of medical marijuana in 2013, the Czech Republic has continued to make headway on establishing its medical cannabis program. The country’s government has defined the conditions and processes for qualifying, purchasing and using medical weed.
Like other countries with medical marijuana programs, Czechia’s defined a list of qualifying conditions, including:
In addition to having one of the above symptoms or conditions, you or your loved one must be at least 18 years of age and a resident of the Czech Republic to qualify for medical cannabis. Even with parental and physician permission, children cannot use medical weed.
While the Czech Republic does not require you to join a registry or apply for a medical marijuana card, its laws for medical cannabis do require you to visit a licensed and approved practitioner to receive a prescription for medical weed.
To become a medical marijuana patient, you or your loved one will need to find a specialist for your condition. If you are in discomfort due to a spinal or brain injury, for example, you must meet with a neurologist — Czechia’s medical cannabis laws do not allow general practitioners to prescribe medical pot.
During your appointment, your specialist will review your medical history and past treatment plans. They’ll also discuss using cannabis as a medicine by talking about its administration, potential side effects and benefits. If you both agree medical weed is an option, they’ll issue you an electronic prescription.
An ongoing challenge for patients in the Czech Republic is accessing medical marijuana. The process that legislators are working towards involves patients visiting their local pharmacy, requesting their medicine and then receiving it.
Due to continued supply and demand issues, however, it can be difficult for you or your loved one to receive your prescription. While the Czech Republic is importing medical marijuana from the Netherlands and Israel, it’s been a struggle to meet the demands of patients and maintain a fair, affordable price. Other countries, like Italy, have faced similar problems.
Many countries with medical marijuana programs share the Czech Republic’s goal of protecting patients. Legislation for the country’s medical cannabis laws emphasizes the importance of inspecting and certifying the quality of medical weed before it becomes available at pharmacies.
Czechia’s inspection process includes testing for pesticides, metals and carcinogens. Medical marijuana is also inspected from a visual point of view to ensure it’s safe for consumption. This commitment to analyzing medical cannabis demonstrates the country’s recognition of marijuana as a medicine.
From a legal standpoint, patients receive protection for accessing 180 grams of medical weed each month.
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