It’s a good year for Croatia! Especially for people who love cannabis, those who medically depend on it and the entire cannabis scene in this Balkan region.
Just recently, a new law regarding cannabis use and owning marijuana plants has been suggested and now is being seriously discussed in Croatia.
Mirela Holy, a Croatian politician and a former leader of the center-left Croatian Sustainable Development party, announced that the law would enter public debate through a parliamentary debate in the upcoming period and envision the complete legalization of cannabis.
“We invite all interested parties to participate in the public debate – read the draft and comment on it.” – she announced.
“The law provides for the full legalization and liberalization of hemp, which means it fully foresees the full utilization of hemp’s potential for economic, recreational, and medical purposes, ” – Holy said.
“Every adult person can grow up to nine female plants in full bloom with high THC content for their needs.”
She recalled that current models of recreation regulation either went under state control as in Uruguay or through the private sector as in Canada and the United States.
“We propose a hybrid model of a state agency to maintain high market quality. When it comes to cannabis use for recreational purposes, it’s that any adult can grow up to nine female plants in full bloom with high THC content for their needs. “
Holy continues explaining the importance of the hemp plants:
“Hemp has excellent economic potential, and given its high quality in clean soil and up to four times the CO2 absorption capacity, it is also crucial in the fight against climate change. The economic benefits are enormous, such as the development of science, the use of cosmetics, paper, and so on!”
The experience of other countries shows that there is still a black market, but state regulation is needed to minimize the black market.
“Estimates are that in Canada and the US the annual revenue is about $ 43.7 billion, and not the full potential of hemp – it can be used to build space composites, cars, in the construction industry,” – Holy told RTL Direct.
Many are still wondering whether Croatia is still a conservative society for the move.
“When I started talking about it a few years ago, the reactions were horrible, but things changed. People need to be educated and then change their attitudes. Cannabis addiction is less than nicotine or alcohol addiction. To my knowledge, no one has died from an overdose of natural cannabis. Still, there is a great deal of prejudice that is motivated by the interests of certain groups and industries. ” – Holy reassures.