In a historic legislative move, Poland finally legalized medical marijuana on Wednesday. Four hundred and forty politicians in the country’s Lower House of Parliament voted in favor of legalization.
Per the new law, pharmacists in the country are now allowed to treat people with cannabis. The new rule dictates that Polish pharmacies can process cannabis from imported plants as long as they have been duly registered in the country’s Office for Registration of Medical Products. According to the Polish Pharmaceutical Chamber, the pharmacists are all set to make the preparations.
Alongside the bill is the establishment of the Polish Institute of Cannabis who will oversee the education of medical professionals and the country’s citizens about the drug.
Thousands to benefit
A spokesman on the new legislation stated that 90 percent of the 15000 pharmacies in the country are authorized to issue prescriptions. Around 300,000 patients are projected to benefit from the legalization of medical cannabis.
Medical cannabis will be used to treat various types of illnesses from chronic pain to nausea, epilepsy, and symptoms of multiple sclerosis.
The treatment would cost the patients around £418 on a monthly basis once the bill takes effect next October. The drug will be available in various forms including raw cannabis, tinctures, resin and more.
Poland is the most recent country to join the roster of European nations who made legislative moves to allow legal access to the drug either for medical or recreational purposes or both.