There is currently a tide of cannabis reform sweeping throughout Europe, yet there is still a small number of states who have yet to make any effort on reform. This contrast in approach is reflected throughout Scandinavia - although there is still a long way to go before any of these countries become European forerunners.
Historically, Portugal is regarded as somewhat of a trailblazer when it comes to drug reform. Yet in the 15+ years that have followed, very little progress has been made and so Portugal seems set to remain rooted to its restrictive and inconsistent legal stance.
The New Opium Act was implemented in the Netherlands in 1976, which was to lead the way for the so called ‘Policy of Tolerance’. Initially, the policy was meant as a first step towards full regulation of soft drugs - although here we are 40 years later with very little progress.
Cannabis law reform has been a key talking point in British politics for many years. Yet, as the global attitude towards cannabis becomes more and more progressive, could the UK be left behind?
We have seen a tremendous global shift in attitudes towards cannabis so far this year, yet France continues to police its people with archaic (and increasingly isolated) laws.
The Czech Republic has had a complex relationship with cannabis. With the attitudes towards legal cannabis changing throughout Europe, could the country gain a foothold in the emerging marketplace?
A Bill calling for the legalisation of medical cannabis in Ireland was rejected by the Oireachtas Health Committee in July over fears that it could potentially “decriminalise the recreational use of the drug”
Coop, the Swiss supermarket chain, now stocks cannabis cigarettes high in CBD and initial sales have already been incredibly high.
Poland’s lower house of parliament (Sejm) has voted overwhelmingly in favour of making medical cannabis legal “under certain circumstances”.