Slovenia: Medical Cannabis Referendum Shows Public Support

Liz Filmer
10 Jun 2024

Slovenian voters have overwhelmingly voted in favour of a medical cannabis referendum measure. 

In the vote, over 65% were in favour when asked “Should the Republic of Slovenia allow the cultivation and processing of cannabis for medical purposes on its territory?”

The medical cannabis question was one questions asked of Slovenia’s voters. The second question in the referendum was “Should the Republic of Slovenia allow the cultivation and possession of cannabis for limited personal use on its territory?”

The cultivation and use question was passed by a slight margin with over 50% of voters answering ‘for’ and just over 49% answering ‘against’ the adult-use measure. 

What Does This Mean For Slovenia?

The cannabis referendum however is merely a consultation referendum and the results are not binding. What happens next, if anything will be in the hands  off the Slovenian government..

Restricted medical cannabis activity is presently permitted in Slovenia, although the national program is more restrictive than in other European nations. Countries such as Germany have incorporated a wider list of qualifying conditions, regulated domestic production, and regulated commercial activity.

Slovenia already operates as an international research and development epicentre for multiple large industries. The encouraging medical cannabis cultivation and processing vote that has just been cast combined with an already operating and existing infrastructure puts Slovenia in a fantastic position to potentially operate similarly for the emerging international cannabis industry. With its research and research amenities, Slovenia is poised to become an intellectual superpower for the cannabis industry.

The Slovenia vote comes off the back of other triumphant international cannabis policy efforts. Last month, South Africa’s President signed into law a reform that legalised private cannabis cultivation, possession, and use.

On April 1st, 2024 the first conditions of Germany’s adult-use cannabis legalisation measures went into official effect. German adult citizens can now grow up to three plants in their own homes. Social cannabis clubs are now anticipated to launch in July and regional cannabis commerce pilot trials are predicted to begin by the end of 2024.

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Liz Filmer