Weed World: Lessons from Marijuana Legalization Around the Globe (Foreign Affairs)

By JOHN COLLINS | March 22, 2015
A worker harvests cannabis plants at a plantation near the Israeli city of Nazareth, May 28, 2013. (Amir Cohen / Reuters)

A worker harvests cannabis plants at a plantation near the Israeli city of Nazareth, May 28, 2013. (Amir Cohen / Reuters)

In the blink of an eye, global debates about cannabis regulation have shifted from “whether” to “how.” In 2014, Uruguay became the first nation to explicitly regulate cannabis from seed to sale. Its preferred strategy? State-regulated production, cannabis clubs, and personal growing. Meanwhile, four U.S. states and the District of Columbia have moved ahead with legal regulation, Colorado and Washington being the first, and the federal government seems unlikely to intervene. More states, possibly even California, look set to follow. Likewise, in the rest of the world, there are a number of gray-area regulatory systems, including in Belgium, the Netherlands, and Spain. All offer insights into how the United States—and other countries—might tackle the “how.”

112 queries in 1.317 seconds