Davor Bernardić (Photo: Luka Stanzl/PIXSELL) Davor Bernardić (Photo: Luka Stanzl/PIXSELL)

The opposition leader they said on Friday that the plan would contribute to the development of the economy, agriculture, and tourism in Croatia.

"We believe that state-controlled liberalization and legalization would generate additional economic growth and revenue that could be directed towards job creation. The results of marijuana legalization are additional development of the tourism sector, increased agricultural production, and most importantly of all, GDP growth," said Bernardić at today's news conference.

Mirela Holy added that interest in legalization has been increasing every year due to the potential economic, sociological and environmental impact of legalized cannabis. Hemp products, she says, provide quality and sustainable alternatives such as biodegradable plastics, construction materials, paints, varnishes and the like.

Among other things, Bernardić also highlighted the human factor of legalized marijuana, saying it helped to relieve many symptoms of diseases such as multiple sclerosis, HIV, Parkinson's disease, and epilepsy.

He added that countries such as Canada, the Netherlands, and the Czech Republic, earn a combined 55 billion dollars annually from legal cannabis.

The SDP proposal would allow people to grow up to nine plants and engage in the cultivation, marketing and processing of all types of cannabis products for commercial purposes.

Bernardić said he planned to fine-tune the proposal within the SDP prior to holding a public debate later this year.

Source: HRT