The chorus of medical marijuana reformers in Europe is close to adding another vocal supporter, as Poland moved last Thursday to legalize medical cannabis.
Poland’s Lower House of Parliament voted 440-2 in favour of legalizing medical marijuana and is now poised to join Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic, and other nations by eliminating the prohibition of cannabis medicine.
Piotr Krzysztof Liroy-Marzec is a popular rapper-turned-politician who has been a Member of Parliament in Poland since 2005. He is also one of the authors of the bill.
“The medical marijuana bill is a is a result of a shared effort by the Coalition for Medical Marijuana — an unofficial group of volunteers,” said Marzec in an interview with Marijuana.com. “I’m one of them and also the speaker of this bill in the Polish Parliament.” Marzec added that the bill was first introduced in February of 2016.
Now that Marzec’s bill has passed the Lower House, he is optimistic, but recognizes that the legislation still needs to jump a couple of other political hurdles before it becomes law. “I hope soon it will be [passed]. My bill is at the final stage of the legislative process and we are…