Updated on January 22, 2019. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
Instead of running a medical marijuana program, Romania includes its medicinal cannabis laws in its standard health policies. So, you can get a prescription for cannabis medicine like you would a prescription narcotic drug. Keep in mind the following information if you want to get medicinal cannabis in Romania.
Romania doesn’t allow any kind of recreational marijuana activity. They punish anyone caught possessing, selling or using cannabis without a prescription. Offenders can get up to 17 years in jail and up to a 20,000 lei fine.
The only way to legally access cannabis medicine is to get a prescription from a doctor. Having a prescription lets you use your medication worry-free and provide written proof you have permission to do so. Cannabis medication in Romania goes through the same testing other medications do, so you know you’re taking high-quality medication.
Some countries and states have a medicinal cannabis program that patients must register for. But, Romania only requires you to get a prescription. But, you still have to qualify to get the prescription in the first place.
When Romania legalized medical marijuana in 2013, they approved it for treating pain and seizures. Patients who have chronic conditions like cancer and multiple sclerosis can use medical cannabis to relieve those symptoms. At the time of writing, Romania hasn’t added any other qualifying symptoms, so you may be out of luck if you have another symptom, like nausea.
If you do deal with severe pain or seizures, you can ask your doctor for a prescription. Since they can only prescribe medicine with cannabis derivatives instead of cannabis itself, most doctors are willing to write the prescription. But, if your doctor refuses on the basis of the medicine being made from cannabis, you may have to find another physician.
Since you don’t have to worry about renewing a medical marijuana card or a program membership, continuing your treatment plan is simple. Keep in touch with the doctor who prescribed your medicine, so they can keep writing you prescriptions. Having an ongoing relationship with your doctor also lets you report any changes and adjust your dosage.
If you need to switch doctors, make sure they agree to prescribe you cannabinoid-based medicine. You should also ask your current doctor how to transfer your records to the new medical practice. Having as much documentation as possible can help your new doctor decide how to treat you.
The CBD used for Romanian medical marijuana is much safer than many other pharmaceuticals. But just like any other prescription medication, remember your weed is for you alone.
Any licensed physician in Romania can prescribe marijuana medicine for their patients, but they must follow the rules listed in Romania’s narcotics regulations when they prescribe marijuana-based medication.
Some medical practices and pharmacies can only work with medical marijuana with authorization. Open-circuit and closed-circuit pharmacies must get government approval before offering medicinal cannabis. Medical offices that specialize in family medicine or drug addiction must also get extra permission.
Medical professionals who want to research cannabis can also get access to the drug with the proper authorization. They must keep a five-year record detailing how much cannabis they have and what happens to it.
If you want to learn more about medical marijuana laws in Romania, you can contact the National Agency for Medicines and Medical Devices. To keep up with news and updates on the state of medical cannabis in Romania and worldwide, follow our blog. We also address the most frequently asked questions about medicinal marijuana in our comprehensive resource library.