The list of narcotic and psychotropic substances will be expanded, it will be supplemented with, for example, cannabis concentrate. This follows from the amendment to the Act on narcotic substances, psychotropic substances and preparations, which was signed by President Zuzana Čaputová on Tuesday. TASR was informed about this by its spokesperson Martin Strižinec.

The list will be expanded by two narcotic substances for the March decision of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs of the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. The Ministry of the Interior wants to add another 12 psychoactive substances. The Department of Health proposed including hemp concentrate, which is a semi-product obtained from hemp through a technological process by concentrating cannabinoids.

According to the Ministry of Health, the goal of the change is to enable a more flexible criminal prosecution of the illegal activity of entities focused on the illegal production and sale of narcotic or psychotropic substances. “The proposal has a significant potential to contribute to the increase of social protection of the population and to contribute to the prevention of addiction to the use of narcotic substances and psychotropic substances, including the prevention of treatment of health consequences of persons addicted to the use of these substances,” said the department. The amendment is to be effective from December 1.

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