Weed around the world: what legal marijuana looks like in other countries
Canada is on track to become the second country in the world to legalize the consumption and sale of recreational marijuana, after Uruguay made the big leap in 2014.
On Thursday, the Liberal government introduced its Cannabis Act, which allows people aged 18 and over to purchase and consume marijuana.
Much like alcohol, many of the nuts and bolts of legislation will be left to the provinces, who will be able to raise the minimum age if they so wish, and will be required to implement a retail system.
The Trudeau government also plans to punish people for driving under the influence of marijuana, selling it to minors and importing or exporting it without a government permit.
International Marijuana Laws
Countries all over the world have different perceptions on marijuana. There exists different laws that govern the use, cultivation and distribution of marijuana worldwide. Marijuana use has been continually embraced across many nations, even some engaging in research on marijuana. This article focuses on the different laws in different nations.
Marijuana is still an illegal substance in many African states. People still consume weed but without the authorities knowing. However, there have been a new wave that saw a major step taken in South Africa. A couple brought the legalization issue to a high court in Pretoria. Arguments in defence to marijuana stated the economic and medical benefits. In Kenya, there was a motion in the national assembly to fully legalize the use of marijuana. However, there lacked a quorum and the motion could not go through. This shows that soon, African countries will wake up to the reality of the numerous weed benefits.
Several attempts have been done in Canada to legalize weed. There a bill in parliament that dwelt on the legalization of pot. However, the bill did not pass. Recently, the Canadian government has conducted a survey on its citizens to determine its next cause of action. Questionnaires covering several areas such as the type a person likes, the modes of consumption and even the sources. It shows that in the near future, Canada will finally have a legal framework for weed use, a framework that has been denied for the last 90 yea
The History and Legality of Cannabis Use Around the World
Why is cannabis labeled as a schedule 1 drug, or in laymen terms, a dangerous, highly addictive substance devoid of any medical benefit? Tobacco has absolutely no medical benefits, is proven to cause cancer, is proven to kill hundreds of thousands of people worldwide, and is one of the most physically and psychologically addictive substances on the planet. However, tobacco, like alcohol, isn’t even scheduled. Additionally, cannabis is scheduled as even more dangerous, more addictive, and less medicinally beneficial then cocaine or methamphetamine, which are labeled as schedule 2 substances. As another example of the illogical scheduling process, psilocybin mushrooms, LSD, and DMT, which have been proven to be highly effective to cure cluster headaches as well as an invaluable tool inpsychotherapy, are labeled as schedule 1 drugs despite these psychedelics having little to no addiction potential. Are you starting to see how silly this is? So what gives? Let’s take a walk through history to find the answer.