The French government has recently announced its plan to introduce a new measure ending prison sentences for using weed. Although cannabis consumption remains a criminal offense, the new law falls in line with the campaign promise made by the newly elected president, Emmanuel Macron.
In 2016, voters in four states supported the legalization of recreational marijuana. Following their example, more and more states across the U.S. are considering the possibility of changing their cannabis policies. Here is the list of four states that may make a decisive move towards fully legalizing weed in the next twelve months.
Marijuana use is fairly common in several countries around the globe. One of them is Israel. Until recently, the consumption of the herb had been considered a criminal offense. However, at the end of January, the Israeli government announced its intention to decriminalize cannabis for personal use.
Virginia State Senate has recently received two bills that would significantly reduce penalties for those who commit the offense of cannabis possession. The new initiatives signal a positive shift in how marijuana is viewed by the state’s authorities.
Changing the laws and measures that regulate the cannabis industry has recently become a number one question in many states, and Washington state is not an exception to the rule. The legislation to change the penalties for transferring and possessing certain amounts of cannabis has been recently filed in the state.
Last week, more than 70 people were treated for overdoses on synthetic cannabis in Saint Louis, MO. A dangerous toxic substance, known as K2, was distributed among the homeless population in the downtown area.
In July 2001, the Portuguese parliament passed a law decriminalizing possession, acquisition, and use of small quantities of psychoactive substances, including marijuana. For years before that, Portugal had been know for its severe drug problems and its unsuccessful and harsh “war on drugs” policy.
The Netherlands is famous for its fields of tulips, delicious cheese, and wooden clogs. However, nothing is as popular as Dutch coffeeshops. Every year, millions of tourists from all over the world visit Amsterdam to see, buy, and try the famous Dutch weed.
A small amount of weed is no longer the reason for being imprisoned for the Illinois residents. Illinois has officially become the twenty-first state to decriminalize weed possession. Now, the citizens will be able to pay a small fine instead of dealing with courts, lawyers, or jail sentences.
If you are a pot lover and want the whole world to share your excitement, you can join the fight for cannabis legalization! It does not matter if you do not have experience in being an activist or do not know where to start; if you have the desire to try to change the situation, it is already half the battle!
While Californians are getting ready to shape the future of adult marijuana use by voting on its legalization, the federal government has to decide whether cannabis should still be enlisted in the Schedule I category, just like heroin, LSD, and peyote.
The laws are constantly changing. Every day, we read news about one or another country or state trying to legalize or decriminalize marijuana use. This constant change of laws may be confusing for people. It is often hard to say exactly what the laws concerning cannabis are in some country.