National pharmacies in Croatia are now dispensing medical marijuana. According to Malay Mail Online, medical marijuana products hit the shelves in July and prospective patients are beginning to show interest in it.
Huanito Luksetic, a 37-year old multiple sclerosis patient, was the catalyst for legalization in Croatia. Luksetic was arrested for cultivating marijuana in his garden in a village near Rijeka, with police seizing 44 pounds of marijuana that Luksetic was using to make cannabis oil.
Luksetic is on trial for the production and sale of marijuana, even though he was only cultivating it for personal medicinal use. If Luksetic is found guilty, he could face up to 12 years in prison.
“If there was no Huanito, shouting against injustice and seeking help, nothing would have happened,” said Dr. Ognjen Brborović, Chairman of Croatia’s Committee for Medical Cannabis.
Croatia legalized medical marijuana on On Oct. 15, 2015, becoming the first Balkan country to fully legalize medical use of the plant.