Bulgarian court acquits man with multiple sclerosis who used medical marijuana

The district court in the Bulgarian town of Lovech acquitted a man with multiple sclerosis of charges of cultivation and possession of marijuana after he argued that he had used the plant to alleviate his illness.

The ruling is a landmark one because Bulgarian law makes no provision for the lawful use of medical marijuana.

Marin Kaltchev was acquitted on March 26 after, on February 12, the Lovech district court commissioned medical opinions on the impact of treatment of the illness with marijuana.

Kaltchev, who had been charged in connection with two plants found at his home, had learnt from the internet how to cultivate marijuana.

Police investigated Kaltchev after a local media report that he had a drug laboratory.

Medical opinion presented to the court was that using marijuana for medicinal purposes would lead to an improvement in the symptoms of Kaltchev’s multiple sclerosis, reduce fatigue and stiffness during exercise.

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