Czech Health Minister Now Says.. Let’s Wait & See What Happens In Germany Before We Make Decisions

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THE Health Minister of the Czech Republic, Vlastimil Válek, has cast doubt on the country’s ambitious plans to have a legal commercial adult-use cannabis market approved and ready to be rolled out by 2024.

Expressing his position to local media outlet last week, Mr Válek said he was waiting ‘for colleagues from Germany’ to not only show his government their draft law, but also see how the European Commission (EC) responds to their proposals.

This more cautious approach is at odds with the country’s Anti-Drug Coordinator Jindřich Vobořil, the ‘locomotive driving reform’ in the Czech Republic, who remains determined to push ahead with the establishment of a commercial market despite Germany pairing down its ambitions in the face of EC pushback.

Pushing ahead

Speaking at Cannabis Europa London 2023 in May, and weeks later at the Cannabis Summit in Prague, Mr Vobořil reiterated his commitment to ‘launch a fully regulated market’.

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