Police have charged seven people with illegal production and sale of
marihuana over the internet.
The suspects allegedly produced large quantities of marihuana at eleven plantations in Moravia selling it to people in 75 countries.
The two main organizers, who were in charge of production and sales, may get a jail sentence of up to 12 years.
The Czech minister of health, ANO-appointee Adam Vojtěch, says his
ministry will propose legislation under which the state would pay for 90
percent of the cost of medical marijuana. The maximum amount covered under
the scheme would be 30 grams a month. At present patients using medical
marijuana are themselves responsible for the entire cost.
Last year an average of 67 patients a month were prescribed medical marijuana. Average usage was 6.3 grams a month. However, some patients complain that the permitted dosage is insufficient for their needs.
The government is likely to reject a proposal from a group of MPs from six
parties to further legalise marihuana, the Czech news agency ČTK reports,
citing the draft agenda of Monday’s cabinet meeting.
The debate in part is about making medical marihuana more readily available. The opposition Pirate Party is leading the initiative to change current legislation on growing, processing and possessing cannabis for one’s own needs.
Currently, adults are allowed to grow up to five marihuana plants at home for their own consumption. Under the proposal, adults could also have up to 1.25 kilograms of marihuana at home and up to 30 grams on their person.
It would also be legal for adults to give – but not sell – 30 grams outside of their home to another adult. The government argues it would be absurd to legalise the free transfer of marihuana but criminalise any offer to procure or sell it.
According to ČTK, the Ministry of Justice has recommended that the government take a neutral stance on the draft while the interior and health ministries, and the government office, gave negative opinions on it.
Police have revealed that the deadly synthetic drug which killed two people
in Moravia was distributed by a boy in primary school, among others. As a
minor he will not be prosecuted.
The boy gave the drug to a 15-year-old friend who ended up in hospital. 23 people were treated for intoxication after taking the synthetic marihuana-type drug. Eleven people have been charged in connection with the case.
Nineteen people, including a 15-year-old boy, suffered acute intoxication
after consuming synthetically made marihuana that appeared on the black
market in Ostrava.One drug addict is reported to have died after combining
the drug with a heavy dose of alcohol.
Several boxes of the dangerous consignment were reportedly found on a garbage heap on the outskirts of the city and the police fear that there could be thousands of doses of the dangerous substance among drug users.
Officers have so far confiscated 50 packets of the drug and arrested four people.
The police authorities in Moravia have warned against a dangerous
consignment of synthetic marihuana that has appeared in the region.
Six people were hospitalized after taking the drug. A thirty-two-year-old addict died and another is in serious condition.
A homeless woman from Ostrava who also took the drug said she and her friends found several boxes of the substance on a garbage heap.
The police have warned there could be thousands of dozes of the substance in circulation.
Hip Hop Kemp, the largest music festival of the genre in Central and Eastern Europe officially kicks off on Thursday night at the massive open-air site Festivalpark on the outskirts of Hradec Králové. But thousands of fans, including hundreds from abroad, particularly Poland, have already begun descending on the city. Along the way, scores have found themselves caught up in police searches for illegal drugs and contraband.
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.