Czech Health Minister: "We'll wait until Germany legalizes cannabis"

Although National Drug Coordinator Jindřich Vobořil has been actively promoting the legalization of cannabis in the Czech Republic for a long time, according to Health Minister Vlastimil Válek, it does not look like the regulation will be approved in January 2024.

Czech Health Minister Vlastimil Válek told that he knows nothing about the publicly presented proposals to introduce a regulated cannabis market in the Czech Republic, ideally effective from January 2024, by National Drug Coordinator Jindřich Vobořil.

"I don't have information that there is supposed to be anything like that in the law. And I would really not like to speculate," Válek said when asked what position he, as Health Minister, would take on Voboril's proposed loosening of the cannabis market in the Czech Republic.

This April, however, the government of Petro Fiala has already adopted the Action Plan for Addiction Policy 2023-2025, in which the national drug coordinator describes in detail the benefits and advantages of introducing a regulated cannabis market in the Czech Republic. It even quantifies the tax revenues to the state coffers from the sale of licences to growers and producers of cannabis products. And from ordinary consumers who will buy them in special shops. It promises the state at least two billion crowns a year in tax revenue alone.

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