Cultivation of the medicinal crop was rejected by lawmakers. Instead, cannabis will be imported from abroad. Recreational cannabis remains strictly prohibited under the bill.
Medical cannabis has proven to be an extremely popular policy in Poland. A recent opinion survey, conducted in January, found that 78% of Poles supported the idea that cannabis should be legalised for medicinal purposes.
The bill was tabled last year by Piotr Marzec-Liroy (pictured), a former rapper turned left-wing politician who at the time belonged to the Kukiz’15 anti-establishment movement, now serving as an independent.
Public debate surrounding medicinal marijuana intensified in Poland in 2015 following the controversial firing of a doctor at a Warsaw children’s hospital who had administered cannabinoids to his young epileptic patients on an experimental basis without notifying his superiors.