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Baron23

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Poland Legalizes Medical Marijuana
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By Jon Hiltz on July 21st, 2017 at 7:51 am | Updated: July 21st, 2017 at 10:22 am

Yesterday, President Duda signed Poland’s medical cannabis bill into law, making Poland the latest European Union member country to permit the use of medical marijuana.

Cannabis reform in Poland has moved fast and steady in the last couple of months.

Near the end of June, a bill to allow medical marijuana in the European nation was overwhelmingly voted forward by Poland’s Lower House of Parliament. The proposed legislation had incredible support with 440 in favour and 2 against.

In the first week of July, the nation’s Health Care Committee gave their recommendation for legalization to move forward. This approval effectively paved the way to the office of President Andrzej Duda who signed the bill into law on July 20th.

Pharmacists in the Polish nation will soon be able to dispense cannabis, once it is available by import, to those with a doctor’s prescription. Products that will be available in Poland include raw cannabis, tinctures, resin, and other extracts.

Qualifying conditions will include chronic pain, nausea and vomiting from cancer treatment, multiple sclerosis, and drug resistant epilepsy, but there are no specific conditions laid out in the legislation. This intentional open-endedness allows doctors to prescribe cannabis based on new research that comes out. At this time, however, patients will not be refunded for the purchase of cannabis.

Initially, the legislation put forth for medical marijuana was that patients would be able to cultivate their own, but amendments to the bill made the import of raw cannabis the status quo, with doctors and pharmacists as the drug’s gatekeepers. There were also additional amendments stipulating that veterinarians will not be allowed to prescribe cannabis.

The bill effectively goes into law in October and a cannabis institute is being set up to educate doctors, pharmacists, and the public on how to move forward.

“We sent [a to-do list]to the government to let them know what they need to prepare,” said MP Piotr Liroy-Marzec in an interview this morning with Marijuana.com. Liroy-Marzec is one of the authors of the bill and arguably its greatest champion. “The Polish Institute of Cannabis will be starting right now. Education on cannabis is what Poland needs, for the doctors, judges, and pharmacists.”

Liroy-Marzec is still fighting for domestic cultivation, which he feels is an important step, but for the moment, importing cannabis will be the priority for patients who need it.

Liroy-Marzec is thrilled that Poland now has legal medical cannabis legislation. He added that the next steps for him are to convince the government that domestic cultivation is necessary. He is hoping that in a few years, they may even consider the decriminalization of adult-use cannabis as well.

For the moment, Liroy-Marzec and the Polish nation are focusing on the win of the day, which is medical marijuana for those in need. Not a bad win at all.
 

Baron23

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Hey, I can get into pierogies for the munchies, yeah? :hungry::headbang::smoke:

Medical use of cannabis officially legal in Poland

Under the new regulations, cannabis from imported plants can be used to make prescription drugs at Polish pharmacies. This kind of medicine will, however, have to be first registered with the Office for Registration of Medicinal Products.

The Polish Pharmaceutical Chamber said that pharmacists are ready to make cannabis-based prescription drugs. They will also have access to special courses if they require further training.

“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,” said a spokesperson for the Polish Pharmaceutical Chamber.

“It is estimated that up to 300,000 patients could qualify for medical marijuana treatment,” the chamber said. Conditions eligible for treatment include chronic pain, chemotherapy-induced nausea, multiple sclerosis spasticity symptoms and drug-resistant epilepsy.

“According to experts, one gram of medical marijuana will cost PLN 50-60 [EUR 13.69 – 16.43], while a monthly course of treatment around PLN 2,000,” the Polish Pharmaceutical Chamber said.
 
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