Poland

Mon
13
Jul

Polish authorities fight 'designer drugs' after more than 200 sickened

WARSAW, Poland - Polish police have arrested eight people suspected of dealing "designer drugs" after more than 200 people were sickened by them in recent days.

The drugs consist of powerful psychoactive substances sold as powders or ground leaves with warnings that they not be ingested, language that has so far allowed them to be sold in a legal grey zone. Officials warn that their effects can be several times stronger than that of marijuana.

Since Thursday, more than 200 people have been hospitalized for poisoning by the drugs in and around the western city of Katowice.

Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz said Monday that her government plans to crack down on people producing and distributing the drugs, while health officials appealed to people not to use them.

Sat
11
Jul

Polish in favour of medical marijuana

A survey has indicated that Poles are strongly in favour of permitting the use of marijuana for medical treatment, with some 68 percent backing the policy.

According to the PBS survey, 42 percent of respondents said the drug should be provided if doctors recommend such treatment, while 26 percent said it should be available unconditionally.

Only 18 percent supported the continuation of the current restrictions, while 14 percent said that they did not know either way.

At present there is only one exception to the law in Poland, in cases where patients are suffering from multiple sclerosis. However, the cost of the monthly prescription is about PLN 4,000.

Fri
10
Jul

Poland's first Medical Marijuana study - the majority of Poles are in favor

Medical Marijuana. Two-thirds of respondents want medical marijuana allowed in Poland - the results of a special survey carried out on behalf of PBS Radio TOK FM, Wyborcza.pl and the Foundation Step By Step. This is the first such study in our country.

In the survey, 42 percent. of respondents said they use marijuana or products derived therefrom in Polish medicine and should be allowed, but only in accordance with medical indications. Another 26 per cent consider that such treatment should be available without restriction.

Tue
26
May

Cannabis – Healer or Killer?

During the last few months in Poland, cannabis has been receiving a good deal of attention. This is a result of a few events - both positive and negative - which have placed the issue of cannabis regulation in the mainstream media limelight.

Cannabis Activist Arrested

Mon
04
May

5 year old with epilepsy becomes first patient to receive legal cannabis oil in Poland

Historic cannabis oil victory

Cannabis in Poland is illegal, with no medicinal cannabis program in place for patients who could potentially benefit from the multi-purpose plant.

Historic cannabis oil victory

Dorota Gudaniec

 

But things are changing in Poland. Activists and patients recently rejoiced when Maks, a 5 year old suffering from medication-resistant epilepsy, was allowed to be treated legally with cannabis oil under doctor supervision at the Child Health Center.

Tue
21
Apr

Poland: Patients are defending their supplier of medical marijuana oil

After cannabis activist Jakub Gejawski was indicted his patients went on camera defending their supplier of medical cannabis oil (Polish language, English subtitles)

Tue
14
Apr

Polish marijuana laws are crazy! Jakub Gajewski pro cannabis activist could face 15 years for medical marijuana oil!

Polish marijuana laws are harsh, arguably the harshest in all of Europe. For simple posession of any amount you can go to prison for up to 3 years. If the amount you are caught with is „considerable” (a term not defined by the law, always left for the consideration of the judge), the sentence can be raised to 10 years. Transport and trafficking within the EU is a serious crime penalized with 3 to 15 years in jail.

Wed
11
Mar

Poland - Medical marijuana on the table for epileptic children

The first patient to undergo marijuana therapy, a 5-year-old boy called Maks, used to have up to 300 seizures daily, although that number has now dropped by as much as 90 percent, Dr Marek Bachański at the Institute told the PAP news agency.

Other patients under the care of Dr Bachański have also seen a drop in seizures.

Bachański told PAP that in most cases, the child’s parents opt for this form of therapy. “I sometimes also propose [such therapy], although it’s never [a] forced [decision],” he underlined.

Dr Bachański said that even though a small group of child patients had undergone testing with medical marijuana, the results show “effectiveness”, with minimal side-effects, usually drowsiness, fatigue and problems with appetite.

Tue
10
Mar

Medical marijuana on the table for epileptic children

The Children’s Memorial Health Institute in Warsaw has started using medical marijuana to treat nine children with extreme cases of epilepsy, with doctors praising initial results.

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