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In March 2019, the Romanian Finance Minister publicly stated that Romania might take further steps towards liberalisation of cannabis use in the near future. According to available information, the Romanian Ministry of Health has created a special action group to consider the next steps in the process. However, we will have to see what results this activity will bring, and how far the liberalisation of the use of cannabis for medical purposes will go.

It can be said that governments are now generally taking a more liberal approach to this product, which could significantly benefit many patients suffering from serious illnesses. This trend is also opening up many interesting business opportunities. Below, we present a summary of recent changes related to the national regulation of cannabis for medical use in some Central and Eastern European countries:

The use of cannabis for medical purposes is currently not possible in Serbia. In 2014, several patient organisations initiated a campaign to legalise the use of cannabis and cannabis oil in patient treatments, with a special emphasis on cancer patients. In response to the campaign, the Ministry of Health announced that it would analyse possible uses of cannabis for medical purposes. However, the respective working group ultimately concluded that cannabis had no medical indications. Nevertheless, there are some synthetic cannabis-based medicines that may be prescribed, such as Dronabinol (for the treatment of HIV patients), Nabilone (for the treatment of cancer patients) and Sativex (for the treatment of patients with multiple-sclerosis).

Possession of registered medicinal products containing certain cannabis substances (Delta 9-THC or cannabidiol) is allowed only in dosages intended for personal use.

Medical treatment involving cannabis is generally not allowed in Slovakia. Cannabinoids – the chemical compounds that give cannabis its medical and psychoactive properties – including cannabidiol are treated as controlled substances. Some medicinal products may contain certain controlled substances that are cannabis compounds. However, these products are only available through prescription and have additional prescription restrictions (e.g. prescribed number of packages cannot exceed quantity required for 30 days of treatment).

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Although medicinal products containing cannabis are not reimbursed by the public health insurance in the Czech Republic, this is currently being reconsidered. In early 2019 the Ministry of Health proposed allowing public health insurance to cover 90 per cent of the cost of an individually prepared medicinal product containing medical cannabis. The proposal is currently being discussed in Parliament and seems to have wide support by the main political parties. However, there is an ongoing discussion whether certain restrictions should be imposed on the reimbursement in order to control the overall cost of reimbursement from the budgets of health insurers.

Is cbd oil legal in bulgaria

In February, the European Commission (EC) reclassified CBD as a “Novel Food”​ meaning the EC considered it a food “not consumed to a significant degree by humans in the EU before 15 May 1997.”

If confirmed, the decision by Bulgaria’s Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Forestry, and the Bulgarian Food Safety Agency, marks the first time a country within the EU has taken such a decision.

Media reports​​ state Kannaway’s products “comply fully with relevant requirements of the Law on Foodstuffs of Republic of Bulgaria and of Regulation (EC) No 852/2004 of European Parliament and the Council on the hygiene of foodstuffs”.

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Traditional food

According to the documents, authorities class the products sold by Kannaway, a subsidiary of Medical Marijuana Inc, as “traditional foods”​ specifically food supplements, therefore bypassing the EU’s current classification of CBD products.

“With this authorisation, we hope that we can establish our company as pioneers in Bulgaria’s CBD industry and leaders in CBD education throughout Europe.”

The country’s food authorities issued a Free Certificate of Sale to the Californian-based firm last month effectively allowing the export of Kannaway’s imported goods sold in Bulgaria’s open markets.

“As the EU continues to navigate its stance on CBD, we are proud to continue paving the way for the acceptance of CBD in Bulgaria just as we have in many other countries around the world,”​ said Kannaway CEO Blake Schroeder.

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