Czechs work on plan to legalize medical marijuana

A government advisory body in the Czech Republic is working on a new law to legalize growing and consuming medical marijuana. The experts have proposed that marijuana would be imported or grown locally by registered firms licensed for such activity, which is currently illegal.

The group also proposed Monday that all patients using marijuana would be registered. The draft of the new marijuana bill will be completed in December. If approved by the government and parliament, the law could become effective by the middle of next year.

Some 8,000 Czechs have signed an Internet petition supporting the move, arguing that such marijuana use is legal in a number of European countries and the United States.

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