Montenegro: Legalization of marijuana for medical purposes

By Adnan Prekic – Podgorica

At the address of the Montenegrin Parliament arrived an amendment to the changes to the law on health which requires the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes. The proposal of the Liberal Party has already received the support of the Ministry of Health. A few parties have announced that they will vote for this change, which creates the conditions for Montenegro to become the first country in the region to legalize marijuana for medical purposes.

The Liberal Party has submitted to the Parliament of Montenegro amendments to the law on health care, which envisages the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes. In this party, which is part of the ruling coalition, they state that it was proven that marijuana has a positive effect on easing pain. Therefore, they propose the legalization of marijuana to be used in therapy, to alleviate the symptoms of severe diseases: epilepsy, cancer, multiple sclerosis, AIDS, as well as the side effects of chemotherapy.

The Liberals proposal was supported by the Ministry of Health of Montenegro. At the meeting of the Board of Health, the Minister of Health Miodrag Radunović said that he would support a solution that would allow the use of marijuana for medical purposes, i.e. for the reduction of pain.

Most of the political public in Montenegro will support the initiative of the Liberal Party to legalize marijuana for medical purposes. A positive attitude to this initiative has already been announced by representatives of the Democratic Party of Socialists, Social Democrats and Positive Montenegro. If these parties support the proposal of the Liberal Party in the Parliament of Montenegro, there will be a majority for the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes.

Explaining their proposal, representatives of the Liberal Party reminiscent that marijuana has long been used for medicinal purposes. Many European countries have legalized such use, including Germany, the UK and Italy. Procedures for the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes were also launched in Croatia, in February.

The Liberal Party of Montenegro has come out in public with similar proposals in the past. Party president Andrija Popovic, last year called for the legalization of soft drugs and prostitution. He explained that the decriminalization of soft drugs was good because the current legislation is too rigid and harmful. He proposed somthing similar for prostitution, explaining that in that case health care would improve, and the State would gain a significant income from taxes. For these proposals the Liberal Party did not received the support of the other political parties.

Source: Independent Balkan News Agency (Montenegro)