Czech government wants to regulate kratom and other psychoactive substances

Photo: Lenka Žižková, Radio Prague International

The Czech government has decided in favour of regulating, rather than banning, the sale of kratom, CBD or HHC products. A proposed bill to that effect would create a new legal category of “psychomodulating substances” which would be sold to adults only, under strict conditions.

HHC, CBD and kratom have become increasingly popular of late with sales outlets and vending machines now available virtually in every bigger town and city. The Health Ministry had been ringing alarm bells, demanding a ban on the sale of these products, with the possibility of dispensing psychoactive substances in small quantities on prescription.

However, largely driven by the arguments of the Pirate Party, the government decided to take a more benevolent approach and allow their sale under strict conditions that would enable the state authorities to monitor the quality of these products and register sales outlets.

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Authors: Daniela Lazarová, Pavlína Nečásková, Source:Český rozhlas