Doctors in the Czech Republic prescribed nearly 210 kilograms of medical cannabis to about 8,000 patients last year, about 43 times more than five years ago, according to the State Agency for Medicinal Cannabis (SAKL).

Health Ministry spokesman Ondrej Jakob said six companies in the country have a licence to produce cannabis, and another has applied for one.

According to Ales Hrabak from the Zenplanto company, which has been growing medicinal cannabis in Nelahozeves near Melnik since last year, their hemp cultivation facility has a capacity of up to 1,000 kilograms of dried cannabis per year. Therefore, the company plans to supply cannabis for medical purposes abroad as well, he said.

“The potential of the Czech Republic is huge, probably also thanks to the legislators … The conditions for medical cannabis here are absolutely ideal,” Hrabak told reporters.

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