Croatia Makes Medical Cannabis History. How Did It Happen?

The ancient Romanesque village of Groznjan, Croatia, witnessed a truly historic moment on June 10: the announcement of the first-ever legal shipment of cannabis extract containing psychoactive THC (and non-psychoactive CBD) across the pond from North America to Europe.

Most European countries, as well as many American states that have legalized medical cannabis in some form in recent years, have struggled to create functioning systems, and some areas around Europe don’t provide access to herbal cannabis or specific cannabinoid preparations. 

So how did Croatia, a small Balkan country of four million people, manage to pass legislation to allow cannabinoid therapy and enact a functional program within less than a year? 

At the annual Health and Media Symposium, where news of Canadian producer Tilray’s shipment of cannabis oil to Croatia was announced, Leafly’s European editorial staff asked medical professionals, members of the media, and event organizers about the Croatia’s speedy implementation...

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