MJ News: Czech Activists Call for Legalized Medical Marijuana
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on Saturday, March 22 @ 18:30:04 UTC
The initiative proposes that any Czech who announced it to the
Health Ministry be allowed to grow up to 1.5 kilogramme of marijuana a
The call was signed by a number of Czech personalities,
including singer Marta Kubisova, former MP Tana Fiserova and
do*****entary film director Olga Sommerova.
Cannabis products are used for example in the treatment of
arthrosis and rheumatism. They also help epileptics and people
suffering from the Parkinson's disease.
The signatories call on the deputies to include their demand in
the Penal Code that the lower house started to discuss. People who grow
one to three cannabis plants or have up to 20 marijuana cigarettes will
face merely a fine under the new code.
The initiative wants the amount to be increased. "Only three
cannabis plants, this is ridiculous," said Jiri Richter, head of the
association of NGOs for prevention and treatment of drug abuse.
Richter told CTK that he believed marijuana should become
completely legal. He added that quality prevention programmes needed to
accompany the legalisation.
The Supreme Court recently supported an appeal of a woman from
central Bohemia who was charged over growing some 70 cannabis plants in
her garden. The woman says she uses the plants for medical purposes.
The junior ruling Green Party supports marijuana's
decriminalisation. Some politicians, including opposition leader Jiri
Paroubek (Social Democrats, CSSD), even spoke of its legalisation, but
drug abuse experts consider this impossible.
The use of soft drugs is not legal in any European country.
Alcohol and tobacco are followed by marijuana as the most often abused drugs in the Czech Republic.
According to surveys, one in four 15-year-old Czechs smoked
marijuana at least once. International comparisons show that Czech
youths and children experiment with marijuana more than young people
from most of the other European countries.
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