Czech Republic Anti-Drug Coordinator Still Pushing for Kratom, Cannabis to Be Regulated

03 Jul, 2023 News 11 Hit: 1237

A push to regulate kratom and cannabis is underway in Czech Republic.

Anti-Drug Coordinator of Czech Republic, Jindřich Vobořil, told the popular Czech news website in an interview that he is still pushing for sensible regulation of kratom and cannabis.

On Tuesday, June 20, Vobořil met with leaders of the government's five-party coalition about his proposed regulation. Despite worry from one of the parties, Vobořil said that "after I presented a summary of the forty-page intention of the law, all the other parties said that they would like to support the process." His proposal calls for increased access to medical cannabis, including allowing home grow, as well as severe restrictions to the sale of cannabis, CBD, kratom and similar substances to minors.

Vobořil has also recently met with the Ministry of Health, State Agricultural and Food Inspection, the Czech Trade Inspection, customs officials, and the Government Office with his proposal.

The law is being prepared in such a way that it will be read through the parliamentary initiative in the summer, the opinion will be sent to the government and possibly back in September so that it can be resolved in the House of Representatives.

However, there is a detracting agency at work. Mirroring the US FDA and the BNN in Indonesia, Czech Republic's State Institute for Drug Control wants to see kratom banned.

The State Institute for Drug Control has proposed that kratom be included in the ban. But the World Health Organization does not recommend banning kratom. I am surprised that the Institute for Drug Control had such a reminder. I feel this is the result of pressure from some kind of pharma lobby, but that is pure speculation. The matter is already in the government, but I would like it to get back to me for comments.

Despite his title as "Anti-Drug Coordinator", Vobořil favors a harm-reductionist approach

When we ban everything, it reverses and users reach for riskier substances. Having a less risky substance on the market, but strictly regulated, is just the solution. This is also the case with cigarettes and their substitutes. The data tells us that there is a need to promote and market products that are less risky.

Czech Republic, according to

…is the only post-communist country to have strongly reduced punishments for some drug-related activities. The production and sale of drugs have always been punishable under Czech criminal law. The possession of drugs was decriminalized after the collapse of the Communist regime, but penalties were reinstated in 1999 for possession in amounts classified as “larger than small.” The new Criminal Code enacted in 2009 differentiates between cannabis and other drugs and imposes less strict penalties for the use and cultivation of cannabis. The use of cannabis for medical purposes was legalized in 2013.

The fundamental pillars of the Czech Republic’s Drug Policy are: primary prevention, treatment, social integration, harm reduction, risk minimization, and drug supply reduction.


Created On Thursday, October 26, 2023 Posted By Oliver Comment Link
Created On Friday, September 29, 2023 Posted By Sandra Comment Link
glad to see places are finally seeing teh good it can do
Created On Monday, September 11, 2023 Posted By Easton Truman Comment Link
it all worked out, didn't it? I'm pretty sure I saw that on
Created On Thursday, August 10, 2023 Posted By Petra Comment Link
any news???
Created On Wednesday, August 9, 2023 Posted By Hannah Comment Link
Created On Monday, July 31, 2023 Posted By Bethany Comment Link
Fingers and toes crossed they get the regulation!
Created On Wednesday, July 26, 2023 Posted By Pen Comment Link
when might we learn the outcome?
Created On Friday, July 21, 2023 Posted By Ian Comment Link
sending good vibes their way!
Created On Wednesday, July 19, 2023 Posted By Bethany Comment Link
best of luck to our czech friends!
Created On Tuesday, July 4, 2023 Posted By Ethan Comment Link
Kratom is the only thing that gives me relief from my chronic pain without dragging me down. A few years ago our town voted to try ban it without really understanding its potential benefits. I fought against the ban with other members of the community and spoke up at the town hall meetings and eventually the ban was lifted with regulations in place. I am so proud of our hardwork and encourage anyone reading to take action if and when it happens to you
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