1 – Costa Rica Marijuana Policy

A proposal to legalize both medical marijuana and industrial hemp in this Central American republic has been building a great deal of momentum over the last two years, and it seems to have picked up a bit more: The measure currently has the backing of key officials in Costa Rica’s public health system. If the law is enacted, the Department of Health would oversee a regulatory body charged with issuing licenses to farmers and distributors of both cannabis and all-purpose hemp.

2 – Canada Marijuana Policy

Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made a vow to decriminalize recreational cannabis in Canada, despite this past 4/20 his administration postponed the issue until later this year. In December, Trudeau’s government stated that it would examine a federal task force’s recommendation for legalizing possession of up to 28 grams of marijuana by adults 18 and older and allowing marijuana sales through licensed pot shops.

3 – Peru Marijuana Policy

Already somewhat pot-friendly, where under a quarter of cannabis is tolerated, this South American nation may be ready to legalize medical marijuana “for the treatment of serious and terminal illnesses.” Earlier this year, President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski’s administration recognized that the push to allow marijuana as medicine came about after law enforcement raided a home in Lima, where parents were cultivating marijuana to create CBD oil for more than 80 children suffering from seizures due to epilepsy.

4 – Ireland Marijuana Policy

A medical cannabis bill was outlined by the activist group People Before Profit was given a green light back in December 2016 by the Dáil Éireann, the lower house of the Irish parliament. The measure would allow physicians to recommend marijuana for a variety of serious sicknesses. Ireland’s health minister confirmed that he would not try to stop the proposed legislation from reaching the committee stage. Legislators have asked the Health Products Regulatory Authority to weigh in on marijuana as medicine, and supporters believe that this will eventually create the way for a medical cannabis program.

5 – Brazil Marijuana Policy

The South American monster has slowly progressed on the issue of marijuana prohibition, partly out of a need to combat drug cartel violence. Personal possession and growing marijuana were decriminalized back in 2006; most recently, Supreme Court Justice Roberto Barroso publicly lamented Brazil’s failed War on Drugs and asked for legalizing marijuana outright. And in January of this year, the health-care regulator Anvisa issued the country’s first license to sell the medical marijuana concentrate Sativex, which is marketed in Brazil as Mevatyl.

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