After the WHO’s recommendation to reschedule Cannabis , the European Parliament has passed a resolution which could help take up of medical marijuana legislation in its member states.
The resolution, which is non-binding, was passed last week Wednesday. It incentivized its member states to increase access to medical marijuana, as well as scientific research and studies of the plant and its effects.
Given that the situation around legal access to cannabis is very diverse and scattered in the EU, with no countries having any genuine real legislation yet — we did write “genuine”, not handicapped situations like in the UK.
Obviously, Portugal and the Netherlands lead the field but even those two countries have no genuine pro-marijuana legislation yet. Although Portugal has two pending bills to legalize recreational use.
“The EU Parliament is just the latest voice to recognize the medical value of cannabis and the benefits of regulation over prohibition”
“I’m hopeful that the growing chorus in favor of reform will spur action by nations to change their policies and improve access for patients who need this medicine.”
— Tom Angel, Marijuana Moment publisher
The existence of an official EU resolution supporting medical marijuana can fast track the evolution of new markets and support early efforts such as in Greece. Official, even not-binding, resolutions instill confidence in the market and will lead to increased investment.
Additional, being a single market it may facilitate countries to export their wares to other EU member states faster, without having to jump through legal loopholes or export outside of Europe.
The resolution aims to “address the regulatory, financial, and cultural barriers” which currently stand in the way of the budding market and stunt its emergence.
Additionally, the EU Commission emphasize the importance of “defining the conditions required to enable creditable, independent scientific research based on a wide range of material to be conducted into the use of cannabis for medicinal purposes”.
While this isn’t yet the [world] wide #legalizeit outcome we all wish to see, a positive outcome would definitely increase the knowledge and awareness of the plant and its benefits. Which in turn could lead to further momentum and may eventually see us move to modernity.
It seems that against his own expectations, smoke member @psyceratopsb may still see things happen within in his lifetime. In his preferred sector even.