Are weeds authorized in Croatia?
Croatia is a hospitable tourist destination on the Adriatic that has been actively developing over the past 20 years. In addition to economic progress, society is increasingly addressing controversial issues, including the legalization of cannabis. On this matter, Croatia has made its way from a total ban to a moderate stance on the use of weeds, although it is still not legal in leisure time.
At the beginning of the 2000s it was forbidden in Croatia not only to keep hemp but even to display it. They viewed images of marijuana as indirect drug propaganda. The country even banned products with pictures of the rapper Eminem for releasing music with a branch of the infamous cannabis on the cover. Since then, Croatia and cannabis have come a long way.
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Recreational herb use Croatia
In December 2012, the Croatian Parliament voted on a law decriminalizing the personal use of marijuana and other drugs. However, it has not been determined what the amount is for personal use. Instead, the courts would judge whether the situation and circumstances appear for personal use only.
Croatia’s decriminalization laws can result in a fine of up to € 2680, or doing community service or participating in a rehabilitation program. Before the law was changed, simple ownership fees could result in a prison sentence of up to three years.
Weed cultivation and sale
The manufacture and cultivation of pharmaceuticals can result in 6 months – 5 years in prison even without the intention to sell. With the intention of selling, this period is extended to 1 – 12 years. It can take up to 15 years if minors are involved. If the situation is viewed as organized crime, it can increase to 20 years in prison.
Medical weeds are legal in Croatia
Thanks to the efforts of activists, Croatia became the first Balkan country in October 2015 where patients could legally buy and use marijuana products. Patients with serious illnesses such as cancer, AIDS, multiple sclerosis, and epilepsy can have access through a doctor. Doctors can prescribe different forms of THC for a patient, with a limit of 0.75 grams of THC per month.
Croatia on the way to legalization
A bill was introduced earlier this year aimed at legalizing recreational cannabis and hemp for commercial use. The bill would also allow up to 9 plants per adult to be grown for personal use.
This bill was introduced by a member of the Social Democratic Party (center left). The center-right party won this year’s election, so progress in legalizing cannabis over the next few years will be little at best.
Even so, Croatia has one of the friendliest cannabis environments outside of the Balkans, although recreational herbs are not yet legal. At least the talks took place both in parliament and in public, a necessary first step towards cannabis reform.
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