Czech policymakers to present draft plan at cabinet for vice tax and cannabis regulation today

Expat Czech reports

The taxation of addictive substances depending on how harmful they are, the launch of a regulated cannabis market, and increased spending on addiction prevention and treatment are among the first steps outlined in the Czech cabinet’s draft plan for tackling addiction over the next three years.

National anti-drug coordinator Jindřich Vobořil will present the plan at the cabinet’s Monday meeting.

Previously Vobořil told ČTK that he aims to prepare a bill that would enable the legal purchase of marijuana in Czechia under strict conditions. The controlled cannabis market could bring billions of crowns worth of taxes to the state budget, he said.

The new draft plan follows the strategy for addressing nationwide addiction by 2027, laid out by the cabinet of then Prime Minister Andrej Babiš. The previous anti-drug coordinator, however, presented no concrete measures for moving ahead.

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