It was only a matter of time when the people who were against the legalization of cannabis are now in favor of its legalization. The major cause of this abrupt change is the incredible voice of science, which is responsible for uncovering the beneficial effects of this drug.
The use of marijuana in the medical field is the main reason why most of the countries have legalized the use of this drug. Therefore, here are a few of the countries which have legalized the use of cannabis:
1. United States of America:
Most of the states in the United States of America have legalized the use of marijuana for medical purposes, whereas, only a few have fully legalized it. Legalizing this drug can produce noticeable results for the people of the country, in the forms of economic advancements and social relief. However, 23 states of the United States of America have legalized the use of marijuana for medical reasons and for recreational reasons as well.
On the other hand, in some states, i.e. Alaska, Washington, and in Colorado, cannabis is available for the people over 21 years of age. In addition to that, the medical use of this drug is not under the federal drug law yet, which is why it is not legally prescribed by any state. Under certain conditions, the doctors do recommend the use of this drug with a prescribed amount of dosage, which depends on the condition and illness of the patient. Ohio, North Carolina, Mississippi, Missouri, and Nebraska do not put the cannabis smokers behind bars, even though it is considered illegal in these states.
The use of drugs in the Netherlands basically has some major objectives, which leads the country to the use of this drug in a controlled manner. Netherlands simply does not allow its citizens to consume marijuana for recreational usage; in fact, cannabis is still illegal if it is to be consumed as a recreation. In contrast to that, marijuana plays a vital role in tourism of Amsterdam, but it does not mean that the youth are allowed to consume it.
Apart from that, the public of Netherlands supports the wider and progressive reforms of marijuana usage, which includes a legal system of regulating marijuana, and thus, certain measures, are being taken by numerous municipalities to establish better modes of production and supply of this drug. Therefore, 14 percent of the cannabis users say that they can avail this drug from the usual cannabis sources in Netherlands. It is one of the reasons why the use of marijuana has risen since 1976.
The Colombian President, Juan Manuel Santos, was the person who passed a legislation according to which marijuana was considered legal for medical usage. The main objective of Colombia’s law is that the country wants the patients to have access to various medications, which can serve for the safety of the patients. Other than that, medications made in Colombia are safe, accessible, and are produced in high-quality for the advantage of the patients. It is quite an intimidating step to legalize a drug in the whole country, as it is a controversial step.
Even with the legalization of marijuana in the country, the Colombians did not face any sort of collapse in the economy, or wild outbreaks in the societies, not even any sort of wild crimes conducted by the marijuana smokers. Apart from that, Colombia has produced multiple products using this drug, for instance, a mouth spray for the cure of muscle contractions. These are one of the reasons why the Colombian market has the potential to become one of the world’s top cannabis suppliers.
Uruguay basically legalized marijuana in its entirety to ensure tighter regulation of the drug, in 2013. According to the law of Uruguay, the citizens are allowed to grow their share of marijuana at home provided that they have to pass it through the government before selling it. Moreover, the consumers have to be registered with the Ministry of Health of Uruguay to ensure the health conditions of the consumers.
However, the country is still waiting for marijuana to be available in the pharmacies, so that they have ultimate access to it. The legalization of this drug caused a downfall of prices in the illegal market, and now, people don’t purchase it from the black market anymore.
Other than that, by legalizing this drug, the government can control the consumption of this drug among the teenagers.