By David Hutt
In a small farmstead near the eastern Czech city of Pardubice, Pavel* is tending to his garden.
For the past few years, Pavel has grown five cannabis plants in his greenhouse, the legal limit that Czechs are currently allowed to grow at home for personal use.
But he’s recently invested a few hundred euros in new equipment to allow him to plant ten times as many plants. It’s a crime today but one he hopes won’t be soon if there is a change of government in October.
“It’s a small investment, and I don’t expect to make a fortune, but I know how to grow [marijuana] and I want to make some money from it,“ Pavel says.
Presently, the state only provides a few licences to larger-scale growers who sell their produce to the medical marijuana sector, which has been legal since 2013.