Cannabis is currently fully legal for recreational use in only two countries; Uruguay, and recently Canada. Nonetheless, the movement shows great promise as several states in the US have started to adapt their laws. At the same time more countries worldwide are starting to discuss a more progressive policy.
As cannabis becomes more accepted throughout the world, we can see big movements starting in Europe as well.
A significant milestone for Europe & the European Union was in November last year, when Luxembourg announced that they will legalize cannabis for recreational use. As there’s no exact date set yet, there is not saying when. But depending on when their new government will proceed, Luxembourg could be the first country in Europe to fully legalize sales of adult-use marijuana.
Further, the Netherlands is currently laying the groundworks for an experimental program that would allow marijuana for commercial production use. This would entitle a limited number of companies to legally grow & supply the coffee shops with marijuana, which in turn can be bought by consumers. The sale of recreational cannabis in select coffee shops are tolerated by the Dutch government, but cultivation & wholesale remains strictly illegal.
The authorities are hoping to address the issue with the closed cannabis supply-chain experiment.
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Another interesting topic is cannabis in Spain, especially the concept of cannabis clubs. Marijuana for personal use is decriminalized in Spain and you are allowed to grow up to two plants per household legally. Also, smoking marijuana is considered a private and personal matter only to be conducted in the privacy of your own home.
Now, due to a loophole in the Spanish legal system, the people figured a way to run a sort of ‘coffee shop’ called cannabis clubs. The difference between the coffee shops in Amsterdam and the ones in Barcelona is that the Spanish ones are private & require membership as they’re not allowed to be advertised publicly. Residents in Spain are allowed to hold associations or clubs within their homes, which gives private cannabis clubs the right to operate under the appearance of private associations.
The wall of cannabis prohibition won’t fall overnight, but it is crumbling slowly but surely.
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