Sometimes in America we get so caught up in our own struggles that we forget about what’s going on in the rest of the world. We are by no means the only country that is fighting to end marijuana prohibition, and I think it’s important to celebrate cannabis victories all over the world. That’s why I am excited to report that the country, Croatia, has legalized medical marijuana.
While this is a giant leap forward for this small eastern European nation, their medical marijuana system doesn’t look like it will be very similar to the one that most of us enjoy here in the states. Croatia has legalized mainly for more intense illnesses than things like insomnia, only handing out prescriptions to those with illnesses such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, or AIDS. The law went into effect earlier this month. According to Croatian media none of the medicines have contained THC. This would mean that none of the patients would experience any of the psychoactive effects of cannabis.
It is a very strict system, but it is definitely a step in the right direction. Croatia has made it clear that recreational use is still very illegal as is growing the plant. The only way to get access is through a doctor’s prescription and even those must be renewed on a monthly basis. Croatia is joining multiple other European countries that are slowly allowing cannabis in their countries, although mainly still for medical purposes.