Why it’s time to start caring about drug laws
Times have certainly changed in North America with Canada being the first G7 country to federally regulate their cannabis market after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made regulation a campaign promise. Canadians are opting for a state controlled system focused on child protection, complete with age checks, quality control, and aimed at breaking links between the drug trade and organised crime.
Eight US states have now fully legalised cannabis, with many more operating under decriminalised or medical marijuana models. Italy is also forging ahead its own approach, where the army has been tasked with growing high-quality medical cannabis and dispensing the finished product to pharmacies. If that’s not enough then there’s also the example of what’s been happening in Israel – their pioneering research into the medical applications of cannabis is perhaps unparalleled, but Israel are now formally decriminalising cannabis so that police can redirect their resources.