On Wednesday, lawmakers from the Czech Republic approved marijuana to be used medically by patients suffering from serious illnesses. The bill faces one last hurdle– approval from the president.
The Czech Republic plans to import the drug for the first year or so from the Netherlands or Israel, until the State Institute for Drug Control can get a system in place to start issuing growing permits to local growers. The permits will be good for five years.
The bill allows patients to use marijuana to treat symptoms associated with cancer, Parkinson’s disease, Psoriasis, and multiple sclerosis. The medical marijuana will not be covered by health insurance, however.
The Czech Republic is regarded as one of the most liberal countries in the EU when it comes to soft drugs. They have already decriminalized possession of up to 15 grams of marijuana or growing five plants of marijuana.