Experts agree at the roundtable that criminalizing cannabis and psychomodulatory substances is a shortsighted approach.

In a thought-provoking roundtable discussion titled "BEYOND CANNABIS," held on May 25, 2023, at Prague's esteemed Brožík Hall within the historic Old Town Hall, experts and policymakers convened to address the Czech Republic's approach to cannabis products and psychomodulatory substances. The gathering shed light on the perceived shortsightedness and unsustainability of the government's current stance in the face of the escalating popularity of substances like CBD, HHC, and kratom. The event, organized by in collaboration with the esteemed Think Tank for Rational Addiction Policy, underscored the pressing need for a regulated availability of these substances, aiming to curtail the burgeoning black market, safeguard vulnerable demographics, enhance quality control, ensure safety, and generate revenue for the state.

We are proud to have had Vojtěch Sucharda, lawyer and partner at Arrows ETL Global, as one of the distinguished participants in the roundtable discussion. The event, held under the auspices of Dr. Zdeněk Hřib, the First Deputy Mayor of Prague, brought together notable individuals including Jindřich Vobořil, National Coordinator for Drug Policy; economist Michael Fanta; Viktor Mravčík, Research Director at the Think Tank for Rational Addiction Policy; and Jana Michailidu, member of the Government Council for Coordination of Addiction Policy and Head of the Interdepartmental Team for Addictive Behavior of the Pirate Party.

Throughout the "BEYOND CANNABIS" roundtable, esteemed speakers passionately advocated for a regulated approach towards cannabis products and psychomodulatory substances within the Czech Republic. Their arguments centered on the crucial advantages of implementing quality control measures, fostering revenue generation, mitigating harm, and providing protection for vulnerable segments of the population. Drawing insights from successful regulatory models in the United States, the speakers called for an informed adoption of these practices to combat the burgeoning black market, ensure public safety, and cultivate a well-managed and controlled environment moving forward.