Decriminalization of cannabis for recreational use in Croatia: Legal for medical use
Will Croatia be the first country in Europe to fully legalize recreational cannabis? Croatian MP Mirela Holy (SDP) says the next proposed law would allow each adult to grow up to nine high THC cannabis plants for personal use. No one has ever died from a natural cannabis overdose, she said.
The Croatian marijuana bill will soon be the subject of public debate. In recent years, the HDZ (Croatian Democratic Union) has started to change its rigid views on this plant. However, more and more people think that decriminalization is not enough. One of them is Mirela Holy, president of the SDP Green Development Council, and one of the most prominent public figures who support "Lex Cannabis". She said the bill will go to public debate in a week and will be followed by parliamentary debate. The bill provides for the complete legalization of cannabis.
We invite all those who are interested to participate in the public debate. It provides for the legalization and complete liberalization of hemp, which means that it fully plans to exploit the full potential of cannabis for economic, recreational and medical purposes, ”a explained Holy to Mojmira Pastorčić / RTL Direkt on February 10, 2020.
She points out that current models of recreation regulation have passed either under state control, as in Uruguay, or through the private sector, as in Canada and the United States.
We offer a hybrid state agency model (state / private) to maintain high quality (of the product) in the market. With regard to the recreational use of cannabis, the bill would allow each adult to grow up to nine female plants with a high THC content for personal use.
Hemp cultivation has great economic potential. Given its high quality in terms of floor cleaning and his CO2 absorption up to four times higher, growing hemp can also be an important tool in the fight against climate change. The economic benefits are enormous for the development of science, the use of cosmetics and the production of paper, "added Mr. Holy.
Experience in other countries shows that there is still a black market, which is why, she notes, state regulation is necessary to minimize the role of the black market.
Under current Croatian law, the cultivation or sale of cannabis is considered a crime punishable by mandatory prison sentence (minimum three years). Possession of a small amount of marijuana and other light drugs is considered a minor offense which can result in a fine of 5000 to 20000 HRK (671 to 2682 EUR) depending on the case.
As of October 15, 2015, the Croatian Ministry of Health officially legalized the use of cannabis-based drugs for medical purposes for patients with diseases such as cancer, multiple sclerosis or AIDS.
However, many still question whether Croatia is too conservative a society to fully legalize recreational marijuana, but Holy responds:
“When I started talking about this a few years ago, the reactions were very negative, but things have changed. People must be educated first and then they will change their attitude. The potential for "addiction" is much less than that of nicotine or alcohol. And, to my knowledge, no one has ever died from an overdose of natural cannabis. Nevertheless, there are major biases that are fueled by the interests of certain groups and industries, ”concluded Holy.