Who is impeding the use of hemp for medicinal purposes in Slovenia?
''Dear Minister, it's time for action!''
Despite the facts listed and a clear obligation received from National Health Committee the to prepare the necessary regulations, the Ministry continues turning a blind eye and permits the most volnarable patients to be exposed to additional perils. It is hard to understand the Slovene Ministry for Health irresponsible and ignorant absencence of action.
The National Health Committee assembled urgently already in Oct. 2016 for the topic: "The legalisation of the cannabis cultivation and use for medical purposes“. It has unanimously concluded that the Ministry of Health should within 60 days withdraw cannabis from Schedule I narcotics and draw the appropriate legal basis to allow formal treatment with medical cannabis as a proper medicine. Considering the synergistic development opportunities that such change would bring to the country, the National Health Committee also ordered to the Ministry to prepare the necessary legal basis for the cultivation and processing of medicinal marijuana. Interestingly, despite the positive response of the Minister of Health in December 2016 to the parliamentary question on whether the Ministry of Health will take into account the resolution of the National Health Committee, nothing happened. Who is actualey obstructing the decisions within the Ministry of Health and lets months pass the deadline for implementing the conclusions of the Committee? There is an impression that instead of looking for the solutions the Ministry is looking for a way arround. This situation requires a critical reflection on the reasons and causes for such charades – since they are entirely at the expense of patients who will be further exposed to the threats of the black market insted of being properly handet to the medicinal professionals. Dear Minister, it's time for action!
* The article was prepared in February 2017.