This article was originally published on Cannabis & Tech Today, and appears here with permission.
When it comes to global cannabis policy, the United States has set the tone for many decades.
Cannabis was first prohibited in the United States in 1937, and since that time the U.S. has imposed its reefer madness will on the rest of the global community.
Many countries have willingly gone along with the U.S.’s push for continued prohibition, however, it’s a safe assumption that some nations would have preferred to take a more sensible approach, yet refrained from doing so out of fear of backlash from the U.S.
International treaties have kept cannabis prohibition in place in many parts of the world.
Those prohibition policies have ruined countless lives while also preventing the cannabis industry from doing its part to boost local economies, generate tax revenues, and create jobs.
This begs the question, “what would cannabis legalization in the U.S. mean for other countries?”