In the same way that many legislators across America are keeping their eyes on Washington and Colorado, so are lawmakers and policymakers across the globe. The experiments in legalization that are playing out in certain U.S. states are not only going to be of paramount importance for the legalization movement in the rest of America, but likely in many other countries as well. Many people have known for years that there are certain places around the world that are known for marijuana tourism (like Amsterdam, for example), but are those individual locations actually helping press the issue on a larger scale?
The truth is, there is a lot happening in the marijuana industry, both domestically and abroad. Just as many U.S. states are actively in the process of legalizing, or already have, so are many countries across Europe and South America. So who’s already done it, and who’s on the precipice? Obviously, there are advantages and drawbacks to legalization, and each country has its own ways of handling sweeping change. But when it comes to marijuana legalization, it appears many countries might signal the green light in the near future.
Read on to see ten countries, in no particular order, that have or likely will give strong consideration to legalizing cannabis in coming years.