Updated on January 30, 2019. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Joseph Rosado, MD, M.B.A, Chief Medical Officer
Patients in Romania can take advantage of limited medical marijuana laws to relieve their symptoms. If you have one of the symptoms Romanian doctors can prescribe cannabis medicine for, you can request medication with marijuana derivatives.
Some countries, such as Israel, have a nationwide medical marijuana program that patients can join to become eligible for cannabis medicine. These programs often involve a license or permit the patient uses to get their medication. Many medically-legal states in the U.S. have similar programs.
However, Romania doesn’t have a program like this. Instead, they allow doctors to prescribe medications with cannabinoids in them under the same regulations that narcotics have. These medications must contain primarily CBD with 0.2% THC or less in them.
Countries all over the world have used cannabis for medical purposes for thousands of years — and that includes Romania. There is extensive evidence showing people used marijuana as a medicine 5000 ago in the Romania area.
In the modern age, Romania is at just the beginning of a potentially rich history of legal use. In October 2013, they legalized medication created from cannabis derivatives. They treat cannabis the same way they do narcotics — while it’s heavily controlled, patients can use it if they have a prescription.
So far, this legalization has been the only pro-medical cannabis development in Romania.
Romania enforces strict laws concerning cannabis-related activities. They don’t allow recreational use, and they harshly punish citizens for the possession, cultivation and sale of marijuana. Cultivators can grow medical cannabis if they have authorization from the government.
In 2014, Romania began participating in a NATO-Russia project involving their telemedicine system. They work with Russia and the United States to create a multinational program that expands access for their patients. These changes can help rural patients who don’t have a cannabis-friendly doctor nearby.
Romanian doctors prescribe cannabis-based medication to people with chronic and severe conditions. They use it to treat pain and seizures caused by cancer, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and similar conditions. Since there is still a lot of research to do on neurological disorders, patients can’t get cannabis medicine yet.
Since Romania doesn’t have a medical marijuana program, patients don’t have to carry a special license. But, you must have a prescription from your doctor to legally use medical marijuana. You can only use the medicine specified in your prescription, and you must buy it from a pharmacy.
Here are a few facts about cannabis use in Romania:
Romania harshly punishes people who do marijuana-related activities illegally. People who own, use or grow cannabis without permission can face six months to five years in prison, and dealers can get 15 to 17 years. Anyone who breaks the Narcotics Drug Regulations can be fined between 200 and 20,000 lei, depending on the crime.
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