The unexpected decision of the United Kingdom to leave the European Union has shocked the world and led to turmoil in financial markets, ambiguity in the EU's stability, as well as questions about cannabis policy in European countries.
Though the Europeans' faith in the union is definitely shaken with the UK's departure, the EU countries are fortunately continuing their cannabis-related reforms and steadily moving to marijuana legalization for the sake of many patients.
Thus, cannabis legalization remains a question of primary importance for the lawmakers in such European countries as Italy and Germany.
After the results of the British referendum were announced, Benedetto Della Vedova, Senator and Deputy Foreign Minister of Italy, expressed sadness in this respect on his social media pages and also underlined the importance of marijuana legalization. This week, the Italian Parliament is set to continue the debate on cannabis legalization for adult's use with the participation of a marijuana-supporting group Intergruppo Cannabis legale.
Germany is also moving the medical marijuana legalization forward, not taking into account Britain's departure from the EU. The local lawmakers are working on a medical cannabis program to create a medical marijuana market and allow thousands of patients to get broader access to this natural remedy next year.
The German medical marijuana bill has already been endorsed by the German cabinet and gone before the Parliament. If the German legislature approved the bill by November, it would come into effect at the beginning of 2017.
Other European countries have also not retreated from their marijuana-related plans in connection with the U.K.'s exit. Marijuana advocates in the Czech Republic consider the EU as a defender of cannabis legalization but fear that Russia, with its right-wing extremist politicians and strict anti-drug laws, will now try to influence the weakened EU.
In Denmark, the marijuana movement has not been suppressed, despite the police attack on a cannabis-friendly Christiania neighborhood. In contrast, this raid has raised the debate on marijuana legalization with renewed vigor.