Updated on December 28, 2018. Medical content reviewed by Dr. Richard Koffler, MD, Board Certified Physiatrist
Within a year, the Croatian government drafted and passed legislation — with the input of medical professionals from a range of fields — for legalizing medical marijuana. Since the legislation’s passing, patients and their loved ones can now access medical cannabis to treat their conditions.
Croatia’s medical marijuana program resembles that of several other countries, including Italy, Belgium and Costa Rica, which permit physicians to prescribe medicinal cannabis, instead of recommending it. This decision allows you to pick up your medical weed at pharmacies, like other medications.
The Croatian Health Insurance Fund, which oversees the country’s universal healthcare, does not cover the cost of medical marijuana but is working to keep prices affordable. Types of medical cannabis you may access include teas, oils, ointments and edibles. The program does not permit smoking, vaping or cultivating medical weed.
Like many countries in Europe, Croatia’s history with recreational and medical marijuana involves its eventual decriminalization. For many years, carrying cannabis was considered a criminal offense. But beginning in 2001, the government began to focus on the large-scale cultivation, possession and trafficking of certain drugs.
While growing marijuana for personal use can still result in jail time, the government has encouraged courts not to imprison offenders, but instead, order community service. This shift represents Croatia’s decriminalization of marijuana in 2013, as well as the legalization of medical weed in 2015.
Whether for medicinal or recreational use, Croatia does not permit the cultivation of marijuana. Doing so, even without the intention to sell, can result in fines and imprisonment. For medical cannabis patients, possessing medical weed is legal, but only as an oil, topical, edible or tea — not in its fresh or dried form.
The Croatian Institute of Telemedicine (ICT) offers a range of telemedicine services, including:
Many physicians refer patients to telemedicine services. Unlike other telemedicine programs, however, patients must visit a telemedicine access or specialist center for their appointment instead of speaking with their doctor at home.
Croatia’s medical marijuana program approves several conditions for medical cannabis use, including:
Adults and children may qualify for medical weed in Croatia.
Due to Croatia’s medical cannabis laws, you don’t have to apply for a medical marijuana card. As a part of their program, you meet with your specialist to receive a recommendation for medical cannabis. Afterward, your general practitioner may prescribe medical weed to you, which you can then pick up from your local pharmacy.
A few facts about Croatia’s medical marijuana program, as well as recreational weed, include:
Penalties for medical marijuana stem from the following violations:
Fines and prison time can result from breaking these laws.
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