As the U.S. votes to legalize state-by-state, many other countries are dismantling old, national laws around marijuana use.
In late 2019, a ruling by Italy’s highest court struck down the prohibition against growing marijuana at home, ending a long legal dispute over that issue.
The court ruled that “at home, small-scale cultivation activities are to be considered excluded from the application of the penal code,” according to the New York Times.
In effect, the ruling appears to have decriminalized growing of marijuana at home in Italy. Reuters called the decision a “landmark ruling,” sure to ignite further dispute between marijuana advocates who see this as a step toward legalization and conservatives who are angry with the court’s ruling.
Other countries have also started changing national marijuana laws.
But the ruling highlights a positive trend across the world. Like Italy, other countries also have made moves to change the laws around marijuana.
We all know that Uruguay and Canada legalized marijuana for recreational use. But other countries have also made moves to partially legalize or decriminalize adult-use marijuana.
With vague laws or lax enforcement, the population has begun to feel comfortable at least growing and using marijuana in their own home without fear of getting arrested.
Here’s a look at a few of those countries.
Published: February 18, 2020
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