Czech police seized more marihuana last year than ever before. According to
the annual report of the Anti-Drug Centre released on Wednesday,
authorities confiscated 1.1 tonnes of the plant and uncovered 305
plantations, both of which are historical records.
The police also seized more than 93 kilos of pervitin and closed 264 make-shift labs where the methamphetamine was being cooked. After marihuana, pervitin is the most widespread drug in the Czech Republic. It is regularly smuggled into neighbouring Germany and Austria, but also as far as Scandinavia.
The State Institute for Drug Control says that medicinal marihuana grown on
the domestic market should be available in pharmacies by the end of June.
Its price should be 149 crowns per gram without VAT.
Presently pharmacies can only offer imported marihuana, which is several times more expensive. Around 880,000 patients with multiple sclerosis, cancer and AIDS are believed to use medicinal marihuana in the Czech Republic.
However patients complain that the doze prescribed per month is insufficient for their needs and that medicinal marihuana in pharmacies is twice as expensive as that sold on the black market.
Young Czechs remain at the top of the European ladder in the use of soft or
party drugs, according to a report by the European Centre for Drugs and
Thirty-seven percent of Czechs in the 15 to 16 age bracket said they smoked ‘pot,’ at least once, which is the highest figure in that age group across Europe.
In the 15 to 34 age group, 19.4 percent of Czechs said they had smoked marihuana at least once in the past 12 months, which ranked them third behind Italian and French respondents in the same age category.
Czechs also ranked high as regards the use of the party drug Ecstasy.
Thousands of people joined Saturday’s march through Prague in support of
legalisation of marihuana in the Czech Republic. The ‘Million Marihuana
March’ is an annual event culminating with a happening on Stvanice Island
that includes the sale of technical marihuana products, concerts and
Marihuana is legal for the treatment of certain medical conditions but possession of more than a small amount is still an offence.
Over the past week Prague was the focus for discussions between experts and businessmen from Europe, the United States, Canada, and Australia, about their experiences with the medicinal cannabis market. It’s a global market that’s growing fast and reckoned to be soon worth hundreds of billions of dollars. But the story in the Czech Republic and in many other places is of growing pains and the early expectations not being realised.
Medicinal cannabis from a Czech supplier could be available in pharmacies in the first half of 2018, the State Institute for Drug Control told the Czech News Agency on Sunday. A gram of cannabis will be sold for about 165 crowns. At the moment, patients can only buy cannabis imported from the Netherlands, which costs around 300 crowns per gram. The drug will be provided by Czech company Elkoplast Slušovice, which has won a public tender for a license to grow and provide medicinal marihuana to pharmacies.
Czech police are preparing to use the DNA of plants and animals in detecting animal smugglers, poachers and marijuana growers, the news site novinky.cz reported on Monday. The project was launched in cooperation with forensic institutes abroad and should be applied in practice within the next five years.
The Czech Republic has the highest percentage of young cannabis users in Europe, according to the latest annual report from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Dependency. Its survey found that over a fifth of Czechs aged 15 to 34 had used marijuana or hashish at least once in the previous year. Forty-two percent of Czechs aged 15 and 16 had some experience of those drugs, the survey found.
More than 5,000 people took part in a march through the centre of Prague in favour of the legalisation of marihuana in the Czech Republic on Saturday. The march culminated with a happening at Letná park. The ‘Million Marihuana March’ took place in the Czech capital already for the nineteenth time. Dozens of police were out in force to accompany the event and maintain order. Marihuana is legal for the treatment of certain medical conditions but possession of more than a small amount is still an offence.
Police in southern Moravia have uncovered one of the biggest illegal marihuana plantations on Czech territory in recent years. Officers confiscated over 2,000 marihuana plants and over 18 kilograms of dried marihuana intended for the Austrian market. The plantation was allegedly run by a group of foreign nationals from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Three people are in detention.