Connect with us


Will Slovenia Be the Next European Country to Legalize Cannabis

The upcoming referendum in Slovenia on the legalization of marijuana may be a key moment for the future of drug policy in Europe. Legalization would bring a number of social and economic benefits, including increasing tax revenues, reducing judicial and prison burdens, and creating new jobs. Examples from other countries show that legalization can have a positive impact on society and the economy.




The upcoming vote in Slovenia on the legalization of marijuana could become a breakthrough moment for drug policy in Europe. On June 9th, 2024, Slovenian citizens will have the chance to vote in a referendum on the legalization of medical marijuana and the cultivation and possession of marijuana for personal use.

The legalization of marijuana in Slovenia may trigger an avalanche of changes in other European countries that are closely monitoring the progress and results of this vote. This may also influence international approaches to drug policy. In this article, we will look at the current legal situation of marijuana in Slovenia, analyze the details of the upcoming referendum and discuss the potential consequences of its results.

Legal status of cannabis in Slovenia

Currently, recreational marijuana is banned in Slovenia and its medical use is strictly limited. Only certain pharmaceutical products containing marijuana are legal, such as Sativex and Marinol, and are prescribed in very limited circumstances. People caught with small amounts of marijuana for personal use are usually fined. In some cases, these people can avoid more severe penalties if they choose to participate in rehabilitation programs.

In turn, the production and distribution of marijuana carries serious prison sentences. Hemp production is legal in Slovenia, as in other European Union countries. Hemp-derived products, including CBD , are very popular. However, their sale is carried out under a policy that is not clear. CBD is classified as a “novel food” under EU regulations, but the lack of clearly defined regulations is causing some confusion in the market.

Pattern from Germany and other European countries

The legalization of possession and cultivation of certain amounts of marijuana in Germany is an important benchmark for other European countries. From April 1, 2024, German citizens over 18 years of age can legally grow, possess and consume marijuana for recreational purposes. The new law allows the cultivation of up to three plants in private residences and the possession of up to 25 grams of marijuana outside the home.

In addition, the commercial sale of hemp clones and seeds was allowed in Germany, and marijuana was removed from the list of narcotic substances. These changes, together with the planned launch of cannabis clubs in Germany and regional pilots of the recreational cannabis trade, provide an example of how the legalization process can be carried out effectively.

Other European countries are also taking steps to reform cannabis policy. Malta, Luxembourg, the Netherlands and Switzerland have implemented laws that allow adults to grow, possess and consume marijuana for recreational purposes. There are regional pilot programs in the Netherlands and Switzerland that allow testing regulations regarding the cannabis trade. These countries show that there are different legalization models that can be adapted to the specific needs and conditions of a given country.

Adopting proven models for marijuana legalization brings a number of benefits. Arguments for imitating already proven solutions include: increasing tax revenues, reducing judicial and prison burdens, and creating new jobs. Additionally, legalization allows for better quality and safety control of hemp products, which protects consumers. Examples from Germany, Malta, Luxembourg and other countries show that modernizing cannabis policy can bring tangible social and economic benefits.

Challenges and opponents of legalization

Opponents of hemp reform in Slovenia do not remain passive and are taking numerous actions to discourage citizens from voting for legalization. One of the main tools of opponents is disinformation. Opponents often spread incomplete or misleading information about the effects of marijuana legalization, which can influence voters’ decisions.

The National Institute of Public Health in Slovenia has expressed its concerns about marijuana use and is generally opposed to cannabis reforms. In its publications, the Institute relies on outdated arguments that do not take into account the successes of legalization in other countries. However, these archaic views are easy to disprove when compared to real data and experiences from countries that have already modernized their cannabis policies.

Voter education plays a key role in countering misinformation and ensuring that citizens make informed decisions when voting. Supporters of marijuana legalization in Slovenia must focus on spreading reliable information about the effects of legalization in other countries and explaining the benefits of the reform. Educational campaigns can help build awareness of the real effects of legalization and demystify myths spread by opponents.

Social and economic impact of legalization

Legalizing marijuana in Slovenia could bring many social and economic benefits. First of all, legalization would allow for a significant increase in tax revenues. Taxing the sale of recreational marijuana could boost the state budget by using the funds to finance public services such as education and health care.

Another significant benefit is the reduction of judicial and prison burdens. Currently, people caught with small amounts of marijuana are fined or sent to rehabilitation programs. Legalization would reduce the number of marijuana-related court cases, which would relieve the burden on the court and prison systems to focus on more serious crimes.

Additionally, legalizing marijuana would create new jobs. The cannabis industry includes not only cultivation and distribution, but also research, development, marketing and retail. The establishment of new companies and the development of existing ones could significantly improve the situation on the labor market.

Examples from other countries show how the legalization of marijuana has positively impacted their societies and economies. In Canada, since legalization in 2018, the cannabis industry has generated billions of dollars in revenue and the number of jobs in the cannabis sector has increased significantly. In the United States, states such as Colorado and California have also seen significant tax gains and declines in marijuana-related arrests.

The role of the community and future steps

Community involvement is crucial to the success of the campaign to legalize marijuana in Slovenia. Legalization supporters should focus on educating voters, organizing information events, and disseminating accurate information about the benefits of legalization.

One of the important educational and networking events is the International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) in Bled, which will take place on September 13, 2024. This is the second edition of this conference, which brings together experts, entrepreneurs and politicians from around the world to discuss the future of the cannabis industry. Participating in such events allows you to exchange knowledge, experiences and establish contacts that can support the development of the hemp market in Slovenia.

The future of cannabis policy in Slovenia depends on the results of the upcoming referendum. If voters decide to support legalization, there is a possibility that Slovenia will join the group of countries that have modernized their cannabis policies. Even if the referendum does not have immediate legal effects, a positive result may put pressure on the government to implement reforms in line with the will of the citizens.

The upcoming referendum in Slovenia on the legalization of marijuana may be a key moment for the future of drug policy in Europe. Legalization would bring a number of social and economic benefits, including increasing tax revenues, reducing judicial and prison burdens, and creating new jobs. Examples from other countries show that legalization can have a positive impact on society and the economy.

Community engagement and voter education are critical to the success of the legalization campaign. Events such as the ICBC Conference in Bled play an important role in spreading knowledge and building support for the reform. The future of cannabis policy in Slovenia depends on the results of the vote, but regardless of the outcome, positive results could put pressure on those in power to act in line with the will of the people.

We encourage all supporters of legalization to actively participate in the educational campaign and vote. Every voice matters, and together we can contribute to a fairer and more modern drug policy in Slovenia and Europe.


(Featured image by Ramdlon via Pixabay)

DISCLAIMER: This article was written by a third party contributor and does not reflect the opinion of Born2Invest, its management, staff or its associates. Please review our disclaimer for more information.

This article may include forward-looking statements. These forward-looking statements generally are identified by the words “believe,” “project,” “estimate,” “become,” “plan,” “will,” and similar expressions. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks as well as uncertainties, including those discussed in the following cautionary statements and elsewhere in this article and on this site. Although the Company may believe that its expectations are based on reasonable assumptions, the actual results that the Company may achieve may differ materially from any forward-looking statements, which reflect the opinions of the management of the Company only as of the date hereof. Additionally, please make sure to read these important disclosures.

First published in FaktyKonopne. A third-party contributor translated and adapted the articles from the originals. In case of discrepancy, the originals will prevail.

Although we made reasonable efforts to provide accurate translations, some parts may be incorrect. Born2Invest assumes no responsibility for errors, omissions or ambiguities in the translations provided on this website. Any person or entity relying on translated content does so at their own risk. Born2Invest is not responsible for losses caused by such reliance on the accuracy or reliability of translated information. If you wish to report an error or inaccuracy in the translation, we encourage you to contact us

Arturo Garcia started out as a political writer for a local newspaper in Peru, before covering big-league sports for national broadsheets. Eventually he began writing about innovative tech and business trends, which let him travel all over North and South America. Currently he is exploring the world of Bitcoin and cannabis, two hot commodities which he believes are poised to change history.

Continue Reading