Poland has become the latest country to legalize medical cannabis, joining other European countries like Germany, Greece, and Italy. The new regulations are fairly simple. Polish pharmacists will now be allowed to offer patients cannabis. The only caveat is that they have to record it with the Office for Registration of Medical Products first.
The motion passed the Polish parliament three days ago. It passed with an overwhelming 440-2 voting in favor for legalization. A spokesman for the Polish Pharmaceutical Chamber (PPC) said in an interview with Radio Poland, that pharmacists are ready to begin making the drugs. “Given the fact that there are nearly 15,000 pharmacies in Poland, an overwhelming majority is authorised to make prescription drugs – that’s around 90 percent,” the spokesperson said.
The new law will go into effect next October. Raw flower, tinctures, etc., will be available to patients with qualifying illnesses like epilepsy, chronic, pain, nausea, and multiple sclerosis. The PPC estimates that around 300 thousand people will end up qualifying for using medical cannabis under the new law. Polish doctors will also have the freedom to prescribe cannabis to any patients with illnesses or conditions. Prior to prescribing, they have to show that these conditions will improve by using cannabis.
What does the Future hold for them?
In addition to legalizing medical cannabis, the bill will also create “the Polish Institute of Cannabis”, which will help educate physicians and the public on the benefits of cannabis. Full legalization would be preferable. However, Poland is definitely going in the right direction by educating their citizens. A growing number of countries in Europe are reversing their positions on cannabis legalization. This could mean big things for the cannabis industry, not just in Europe, but in America as well.
Source: Radio Poland
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