EU Passes Resolution to Fasttrack Medical Marijuana Access

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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.

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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.



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I have seen these news last week and couldn't believe with my own eyes. I hope it is not just some marketing trick or populism.

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It’s probably true and will be pushed despite non-binding. The EU needs the revenue, too many states are hard hit and are still recovering from austerity. New tax revenue, especially if from a whole new market, is one of the best things which could happen to many member states in the EU right now.

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This might be true, but Don't forget that far right wing and nationalism is on the rise in Europe, especially with all migration from Syria.
And we all know what is their opinion on cannabis.

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So true, humankind has taken a turn for the worse in recent years. Especially in non fixed democracies.

There’s a counter to it though: voting green has become fashionable, check the latest results in otherwise “doesn’t get more conservative” Bavaria. While May elections won’t be nice, I think we will see a lot of unworkable coalitions and the right wing eventually shoot itself in the foot. All while we will see new splits and parties with “progressive and conservative”, rather than the conservative and socialist we now know.

I think most important about this resolution is that it takes away the “scheduled” argument and EU court can intervene when research is blocked on national level.

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Definitely removing them from schedule 1 will be positive turnout.

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All governments will legalize cannabis for the tax revenue.

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I don't think you have been in Europe, especially Balkan region. Tax money is nothing when you have nepotism, corruption and money laundering.

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This. Not really Balkan anymore but Roumania is probably the best example of governments don’t want to mature but prefer keeping the swamp small.

And Hungary... well Oban should really have been sued at EU Court by now for all his own local vanity projects with EU money.

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Orban is a frickin disgrace to Hungarian people. He pictured himself next to map of great Hungarian empire. His son has a church running. Cult of personality.

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Modern and mature democracies will.

Thanks! re smoking it!!

This is a big step in further development in the fight for our freedom.

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This is the EU you’re talking about. “Freedom” comes with thousands and thousands of regulations and red tape. That’s currently the EU’s main problem: every regulation is over-designed and becomes pretty much unworkable.

But there’s been a positive breath going through Brussels and Strasbourg. The EU kicking Google and FB that hard in the nuts for privacy issues is one of the great things and positive examples of a regulator actually caring about citizens.

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True.
They do care but in a weird manner. Some have it good and some have it not.

Its better late than never. I feel we have moved past the times of prohibition. These ideas will seem archaic soon