Croatia legalizes marijuana for medical use

Croatia allowed the sale of marijuana-derived products for medical purposes today, following a campaign sparked by the detention of a multiple sclerosis sufferer who grew the plant to ease his pain.

Medicines containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the plant's main psychoactive ingredient, can now be prescribed by doctors to ease health problems associated with cancer, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and AIDS, the regulation says.

The drugs can be prescribed only for up to 30 days while the overall quantity for the period cannot exceed 7.5 grams. Other marijuana use remains illegal under Croatian law.

The issue came into public focus in the European Union member-state a year ago after a man in a village near Rijeka, a northern city on the Adriatic coast, was detained for growing cannabis plants in his garden.

The multiple sclerosis patient, from whom police seized some 20 kilos (44 pounds) of marijuana, said the plants were...

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