The State Office for Drug Control is poised to sign an agreement with the firm Ekoplast Slušovice which won a tender to produce medicinal marihuana for the Czech market. The Anti-Monopoly Office which was looking into the conditions of the tender has closed the case after failing to find any irregularities. Medicinal marihuana is already available on the market but is imported and thereby extremely expensive for patients. Presently one gram of medicinal marihuana costs 300 crowns while Ekoplast Slušovice won the tender with a projected price of just 68 crowns per gram.
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The regional court in Olomouc has sentenced two Vietnamese nationals to 6.5 years in prison for illegal production of marihuana. They will moreover face extradition from the country upon their release. The two men headed a gang which operated one of the biggest marihuana plantations in Moravia, hidden inside an old industrial plant. It was equipped with modern technology worth over one million crowns. During the raid the police confiscated over a thousand marihuana plants.
Plans to tap domestic supplies of medicinal cannabis have hit a problem after the Czech competition office opened an investigation into the tender for suppliers, the daily Mladá Fronta Dnes reported on Wednesday. The probe follows a complaint by one of the unsuccessful bidders in the tender staged late last year to grow and supply cannabis. Medicinal cannabis is currently being offered on prescription in the Czech Republic with supplies shipped in from abroad and with costs several times higher than they would be for the homegrown product, the paper reports. The competition office says its investigation could take two months or longer.
Police in Austria say they have arrested a Czech national who was planning to sell marihuana in the streets of Linz. According to the APA news agency the youth was arrested during a random check of a bus on the Dolni-Dvoriste-Wullowitz crossing. He had no ID and a subsequent search revealed 1.2 kilograms of marihuana in his backpack.
A Czech company has won a public tender for growing medical cannabis, the State Institute for Drug Control, announced on Thursday. Sixteen Czech firms have placed their bids for a license to grow and sell cannabis to pharmacies. The name of the winner has not been disclosed yet due to administrative procedures. The law on medical marihuana opening way for patients suffering from cancer and neurological diseases to use the drug under medical supervision came into force in February last year. Czech pharmacies started to sell the drug, which is now legally imported from the Netherlands, in mid-November.
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Pharmacies in the Czech Republic have begun selling medical marijuana on prescription. So far the drug – which goes for around CZK 300 a gramme – is available only at one chemist’s in Prague and one in the south Moravian town of Uherské Hradiště. The marijuana, which was legalised last year, can only be acquired using an electronic prescription and is provided to people suffering from multiple sclerosis, chronic pain and other ailments.
The first delivery of medical marihuana for patients suffering from illnesses such as multiple sclerosis, has arrived in the Czech Republic. One kilogramme of the drug imported from the Netherlands by the company Czech medical Herbs will be distributed to pharmacies in the course of next week. Another two companies that won a license for growing and distributing medical marihuana are Elkoplast Slušovice and Phoenix. The law on medical marihuana opening the way for patients suffering from cancer, multiple sclerosis, and other neurological diseases to use the drug under medical supervision, came into force in February last year.
Police stopping a driver for speeding in a VW Transporter uncovered more than 30 kilos of marijuana in large plastic bags in the back of the vehicle. The quantity of the drug has a reported street value of 1.6 million crowns. The suspect was charged with illegal production and possession of illicit and psychoactive drug. He is currently in custody. The motorist was tested for drugs but that proved negative.