Poland legalizes medical cannabis. 90% of pharmacies are ready for sale and preparation of the plant according to medical use
Epilepsy, nausea from chemotherapy, chronic pain, and symptoms of multiple sclerosis are some of the conditions that can be treated with cannabis. Poland. 90% of pharmacies are ready to make good use of it.
Poland cares for medical cannabis
Almost two years after joining the Polish parliament, former rapper turned politician Piotr Krzysztof Liroy-Marzec, alias Liroy, finally managed to secure enough support to adopt a législation on the use of cannabis. This is only for medical reasons. After a long and difficult battle in parliament, the November 1er marked the first day where cannabis can be legally sold in Polish pharmacies.
Polish pharmacists will be allowed to treat people with cannabis. This after legalization, and for medicinal purposes. Under new regulations that came into effect on Wednesday, cannabis from imported plants can be processed in Polish pharmacies. But on condition that it has been registered with the National Office for the Registration of Medical Products. In addition, pharmacists are therefore ready to manufacture the drugs, according to the Polish Pharmaceutical Chamber (PPC).
An independent survey conducted in 2015 showed that 78% of Poles supported the legalization of medical cannabis, and the same proportion said denying patients access to medical marijuana was "cruel" and violated their right to access care. With 15 000 pharmacies registered in PolandNear 90% will be allowed to distribute cannabis, and the Polish pharmaceutical chamber foresees that until 300 000 patients could qualify for medical treatment with marijuana.
But a high cost ...
Passing the legislation was only the first step. It is now legal for pharmacies to sell cannabis to patients. But there is no cannabis cultivation system in Poland… And any cannabis production will have to be imported from other countries of the European Union… An exception in the law allows patients who cannot access cannabis in Poland to go to one of the 13 Member States of the bloc where medical marijuana is legal in order to fulfill their prescription.
A more viable, but ultimately more expensive solution is to import cannabis from Canada or the Netherlands. The pharmacists estimate that the cost per gram will cost patients about 50-60 zł ($ 13 - $ 16 USD). This equates to about 2000 zł ($ 550 USD, or 475 euro) per patient per month ...