Mon. Apr 15th, 2024

Czech Government Approves Cannabis Market Regulation in New Drugs Strategy

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The Czech government has recently given its approval to a new drugs strategy that will be in effect until the end of 2025. One of the key aspects of this strategy involves the implementation of a tightly regulated cannabis market.

The specific regulations for this action plan will be determined by an expert group, as stated by Prime Minister Petr Fiala following a cabinet meeting on Wednesday.

The Czech Republic is widely recognized as one of the most progressive countries in terms of cannabis legislation. Although the recreational use of cannabis remains illegal, the possession of cannabis for personal use was decriminalized in 2010, and medical cannabis was legalized in 2013.

Moreover, the Czech Republic stands out as one of the few European nations that cultivate hemp with a THC content of up to 1% for industrial purposes. In comparison, most other EU member states have set the THC limit at around 0.2%. However, the European Union recently decided to increase the authorized THC level to 0.3% for industrial hemp crops.

Given these circumstances, it is logical for the Czech Republic to pursue the regulation of the recreational cannabis market. Approximately 30% of adults in the country have experimented with cannabis, and according to the National Monitoring Center on Drugs and Addiction (NMS) August report, 8% to 9% of adults use it regularly.

Previously, the national anti-drug coordinator, Jindřich Vobořil, suggested that introducing taxation on addictive substances and ensuring effective tax collection could generate annual revenues of up to CZK 15 billion for the state.

Czech youth rank first in Europe for cannabis consumption.

The availability of drugs in European Union countries remains high, and in some cases, it is even higher than pre-pandemic levels, according to the latest report from the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA).

In the Czech Republic, 23% of individuals aged 15 to 34 have tried marijuana at least once. This places the country at the top among the 24 European Union member states, alongside the United States.

The EMCDDA estimates that around 30% of EU citizens aged 15 to 64 have experimented with at least one illicit substance in their lifetime. Cannabis is the most commonly used substance, with 79 million people having tried it at least once. In the past year, approximately 22 million people (7% of the EU population) have used cannabis. Among young people aged 15 to 34, this figure stands at 15.5%.

Hallucinogenic mushrooms are also popular among young people in the Czech Republic, with around 5% of individuals aged 15 to 34 reporting their use within the past year.

 

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