The Fall of Cannabis Prohibition
Just like the leaves are guaranteed to change colors and fall each year so are the outdated and inhumane cannabis laws currently in place in many areas. As the seasons are changing so are the times and the viewpoints on cannabis. If you would have had a conversation with almost anyone just a short 10 years ago chances are no one would have believed you if you would have told them cannabis would be legal in all the places that it is today. It’s sort of like telling people who still live in prohibition states and countries today that one day things will be different where they live.
It’s really hard to imagine such a drastic change especially for people who have grown up through the Reagan era and the days of D.A.R.E. The reality of it is though the leaves are about to fall when it comes to cannabis prohibition around the world. As the year is coming to a close I thought it would be appropriate to take a trip down memory lane and look at just how much progress has been made around the world when it comes to cannabis legalization just this year. Journey with me as we take a look at the many places in which the leaves of cannabis prohibition have started to turn and fall in 2017.
Belize- A recent amendment to the Belize Misuse of Drugs Act which was passed on November 3rd of 2017 decriminalizes the possession of 10 grams or less of cannabis. Those caught in possession of less than 10 grams of cannabis moving forward could face a monetary fine which is much better than the criminal charges they would have previously faced!
Poland- On July 24th of 2017, Poland’s Lower House of Parliament voted yes on the legalization of medical cannabis. In fact, the support was absolutely overwhelming with only 2 members of Parliament saying nay and 440 saying yay! Poland very well may have one of the most lenient medical cannabis laws currently in place. This is because the law was written to allow doctors the ability to prescribe cannabis for any ailment in which they feel it may be beneficial unlike in other places where only patients with certain conditions meet the qualifications to legally possess and utilize cannabis.
Peru- In Peru, Legislative Bill 1393 was passed by the majority with only eight individuals voting against or abstaining from voting on the issue in October. The bill was then signed off by President Kuczynski who had always been very supportive of cannabis and even made a remark once that “if they want to smoke it in moderate doses it’s not the end of the world!” That’s what’s up Mr. Kuczynski! Legislative Bill 1393 legalized the consumption and possession of cannabis for legal residents with qualifying conditions such as cancer, epilepsy, and Parkinson’s disease to name a few.
Nevada- In November of 2016, there were 4 states in the United States that made history by legalizing cannabis for recreational use. One of those states was Nevada. This year on July 1st existing medical cannabis dispensaries in the state opened their doors to retail consumers over the age of 21 to make legal cannabis purchases making Nevada the 5th state in the United States where cannabis consumers over the age of 21 can purchase cannabis legally from a dispensary rather than the black market!
Mexico– In 2016 there was a nationwide public debate regarding the legalization of cannabis for medical purposes in Mexico. On June 19th of 2017, a decree was issued by the Mexican president Enrique Pena Nieto stating that Mexico had in fact legalized cannabis for medicinal usage which had long had overwhelming support from the Lower House of Congress.
Despite the fact that we’ve seen many places take steps to legalize cannabis this year 2018 very well maybe the year the leaves of cannabis prohibition around the world really begin to fall. Be sure to follow @ExpertJoints, @CannaLance and me, @MJWriter87 on Twitter for updates regarding cannabis news around the world!