Cannabis in Croatia is decriminalized for personal use[1][2] and legalized for limited medical uses.


From 2013, there is a distinction in the Croatian penal code between various illegal substances, they are now separated on heavy drugs and light drugs like cannabis. According to the law, growing or selling cannabis is considered a felony punishable by a mandatory prison sentence (three years minimum). From 2013, the possession of small amount of marijuana and other light drugs is a minor offence[3] which leads to a fine of 5000–20000kn (US$750–3000) depending on the case in question.

Medical cannabis

As of 15 October 2015, the Ministry of Health officially legalized the use of cannabis-based drugs for medical purposes for patients with illnesses such as cancer, multiple sclerosis, or AIDS.[4]


  1. ^ "Croatia Decriminalizes Drug Use". International Drug Policy Consortium. 17 December 2012. Retrieved 4 November 2018.
  2. ^ "Cannabis legislation in Europe" (PDF), European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, March 2017, retrieved 4 November 2018
  3. ^ "Croatia To Decriminalize Drug Possession". ENCOD. 1 August 2012. Archived from the original on 17 August 2012. Retrieved 6 December 2012.
  4. ^ Croatia Legalises Marijuana for Medical Use, 15 October 2015, retrieved 18 December 2016