To date, only one application for a permit to cultivate cannabis for medical purposes has been submitted. This information was provided by the Ministry of Health, responding to a parliamentary interpellation.
However, the process is on hold and the application remains unprocessed. Current regulations allow the cultivation of medical cannabis, but only under strict, controlled conditions, conducted by research institutions.
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New regulations opening the way for the cultivation of cannabis for medical purposes
The ordinance dated March 22nd, 2022 amended the Anti-Drug Addiction Law, allowing the cultivation of hemp other than fibrous plants. According to Hanna Gill-Piątek, the author of the interpellation, this amendment to the law has a major impact on the entire medical cannabis sector, opening the way for the establishment of Polish medical cannabis plantations, which in turn will contribute to lowering its prices in pharmacies.
Cultivation of cannabis for medical purposes is possible only under certain controlled conditions – in research institutes under the supervision of the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. These institutions must have the appropriate infrastructure. It is also necessary to obtain a permit for the cultivation and harvesting of cannabis from the Chief Pharmaceutical Inspector, who must consult his decision with the provincial police chief after the crop has been properly secured.
The MP noted that the regulation of the Minister of Internal Affairs and Administration on securing the cultivation of hemp other than fibrous hemp, as well as storing the harvest of herb or resin from such hemp, was not issued until January 4th, 2023.
Highlighting the prospects, the MP noted that “products based on the Polish pharmaceutical raw material are likely to appear in pharmacies only in 2024.”
Inquiries to the health ministry on medical cannabis cultivation
Hanna Gill-Piątek decided to ask questions to the Health Ministry about the number of applications for permission to cultivate hemp other than fibrous plants submitted by authorized entities. She wanted to know how many of them had been processed, how many had received a positive response and how many had received a negative response. She also asked about the total area of cannabis cultivation allowed by the permits issued and the average waiting time for processing the application.
Only one application for medical cannabis in Poland
Deputy Health Minister Maciej Miłkowski noted that only one application for a permit to cultivate cannabis for pharmaceutical production has been received so far. “This application has not yet been processed due to the suspension of proceedings at the request of a party,” the deputy minister added.
He also noted that applications submitted correctly and without deficiencies are processed within 30 days, taking into account the suspension of the deadline for the time necessary for the relevant police department to issue an opinion.
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