Medical Marijuana Gaining Global Acceptance


You have to be living under a rock to not recognize the growing acceptance of cannabis law reform across the globe, particularly in regards to medical use. From Reefer Madness propaganda to the “the is your brain on drugs” campaign to the hilarious “Stoner Sloth“, prohibitionists have worked hard to demonize non-medicinal use of cannabis. It is pretty much impossible to use the same, tired rhetoric against those battling cancer and glaucoma, however, so it makes sense that medical marijuana enjoys super-majority support across all demographics.

Yahoo has a rundown of some of the recent advancements of medical cannabis around the world. Some highlights:

– COLOMBIA: President Juan Manuel Santos signed a decree Tuesday making it fully legal to grow, process, import and export cannabis and its derivatives for medical and scientific use.

– CANADA: Cannabis consumption for medical reasons has been legal since 2001. In June 2015, the Supreme Court expanded the definition of medical marijuana to allow authorised users to bake it into cookies and brew marijuana leaves for tea, in addition to smoking it.

– CROATIA: In October Croatia became the 13th European Union country to allow the medical use of cannabis. Medicines containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the plant’s main psychoactive ingredient, can now be prescribed by doctors to ease health problems associated with cancer, multiple sclerosis, epilepsy and AIDS.

The entire list is certainly worth reading.

Despite the frustration of living under cannabis prohibition, it is rather remarkable the advancements that the cannabis community has made over the past two decades. Over the next few years, we will surely see more states and countries implement progressive cannabis laws, both medically and recreationally, and millions upon millions of people will be better off. We look forward to covering the inevitable successes that hard-working advocates are bringing about and doing our part to help the cannabis community be truly free and equal to make their own sensible medical and recreational decisions.

Anthony Johnson

Anthony, a longtime cannabis law reform advocate, was Chief Petitioner and co-author of Measure 91, Oregon's cannabis legalization effort. He served as director of both the New Approach Oregon and Vote Yes on 91 PACs, the political action committees responsible for the state's legalization campaign. As director of New Approach Oregon, Anthony continues to work towards effectively implementing the cannabis legalization system while protecting small business owners and the rights of patients. He sits on the Oregon Marijuana Rules Advisory Committee and fights for sensible rules at the legislature as well as city councils and county commissions across the state. Anthony helps cannabis business comply with Oregon's laws and advises advocates across the country. He also serves as content director of both the International Cannabis Business Conference and the Oregon Marijuana Business Conference, helping share the vision of moving the cannabis industry forward in a way that maintains the focus on keeping people out of prison and protecting patients. He was a member of the Oregon Health Authority Rules Advisory Committee, assisting the drafting of the administrative rules governing Oregon’s state-licensed medical marijuana facilities. He first co-authored and helped pass successful marijuana law reform measures while a law student at the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law. He passed the Oregon Bar in 2005 and practiced criminal defense for two years before transitioning to working full-time in the political advocacy realm. His blogs on Marijuana Politics are personal in nature and don't speak for or reflect the opinions of any group or organization.