Czech medical marijuana
You hear of dramatic illness reversals due to cannabis. Epileptic seizures that stop after the first administration of cannabis high in CBD. The research into cannabis’s medicinal value is growing and proving the benefits of the plant. Unfortunately for cancer, epileptic, multiple sclerosis and chronic pain suffering patients the Czech medical marijuana system is in a disgraceful state. The law has been passes allowing doctors to provide cannabis to seriously ill patients since April of 2013 but patients have still not had access to medical marijuana. The government gave out an import license to a plastic container manufacturer, Elkoplast Slušovice sro, and we have been waiting for the medical marijuana ever since.
A poor distribution network has meant few pharmacies have access to medical marijuana. They don’t have the required software to provide an electronic receipt to order the medicine. Also doctors don’t want to prescribe it due to a lack of information on its medical properties. For a European country that is in the top three per capita marijuana users, it is a sad state of affairs that the government has not done their research on the plant. The Czech drugs agency is falling behind the wide spread international movement that is embracing medical marijuana. Czech patients are suffering for the medical professions ignorance.
The Czech government are also in talks with potential suppliers of medical marijuana. When the required pound of flesh is paid, you can enter the market and become a marijuana producer. There was a competition earlier in the year to obtain a medical marijuana license but we are still waiting for the results. The Czech Republic is a notoriously corrupt society. During communism everyone was taught how to be corrupt. It is the normal way of doing business and the ones who profited the most from this system are now in charge. I can only presume that government officials are trying to work out how exactly they can make money from this new industry. Who bribes who to get the job done. That is nice if you are a high ranking civil servant with a Swiss bank account and no morals, but what about the suffering of a child with severe epilepsy? There are groups of hard working activists interested in these issue in the Czech Republic. Their voices get drowned out in a sea of other complaints that Czechs have as we try to emerge from the long shadow cast by the corrupting nature of this countries communist past.
This is not a hopeless situation however. Do not underestimate the resourcefulness of the Czech people. Patients and growers are connecting with each other in spite of the law and risks involved. The nature of marijuana allows it to be spread regardless of the restrictions placed upon it. I am hopeful that the legalize movement here and across Europe can inspire a change in the Czech system. Patients that can benefit from medical marijuana should be allowed to. Until a united voice speaks on behalf of the ill, we will see lazy, greedy figures in places of authority seeking to enrich themselves at the expense of other’s suffering.