The process of changing the laws around cannabis is a global movement heading in one direction: Forward.
Most countries around the world are parties to a collection of drug control treaties that “outlaw the manufacture, distribution, and possession of certain controlled substances like heroin, cocaine, methamphetamine, and cannabis” according to CannaLaw Blog.
These treaties are The 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs , The 1971 Convention on Psychotropic Substances and The 1988 Convention Against Illicit Traffic in Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances. These treaties are enforced through the United Nation’s International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) and it is falling apart.
Around the world the whole spectrum of cannabis laws vary from full regulation to complete prohibition.
For example in the state of Colorado in the United States all those 21 and up can legally purchase cannabis from a store, while in Indonesia Cannabis possession is punishable by death.
It is interesting to see that around the world the entire American Continent the one spearheading the cannabis revolution.
The United States is by far the country with the most advanced cannabis industry. The first decriminalization happened in Oregon in 1973, the first legal medicinal cannabis store opened in California in 1996 and the first legal recreational store in Colorado in 2014.
And their example is spilling over the entire continent.
Uruguay passed a national law regulating the home cultivation and the creation of clubs, with a state monopoly on production and distribution. But the process has been stopped for most of 2015 due to a new president taking office and wanting to “review” the whole process.
Chile has a very engaged group of cannabis activists spearheaded by mothers whose children suffer from epilepsy and other conditions that can be treated with RSHO. There are already two legal pilot projects serving about 400 patients with cancer and epilepsy.
Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos have spoken publicly in favor of legalizing cannabis for medicinal purposes and a law that is going through their congress has his support.
It is odd that the country who imposed the prohibition almost a century ago is the one who is now the most advanced in its process of legalization.
And just as Latin America has been the region hit the hardest by the consequences of the Prohibition, it will also be one of the first ones to legalize and rip its benefits.
I will venture to say that the first legal international transactions of cannabis will take place between countries in Latin America.
When a whole industry and an entire continent are moving forward, we know that legal cannabis is going to shot pass the sky and reach the stars.