What's The Best Model For Ending Cannabis Prohibition?

The calls for cannabis laws to be relaxed are growing ever louder, and while many countries have either decriminalised or legalised marijuana in recent years, there is still a great deal of uncertainty regarding how to make the transition to a post-prohibition world.

As such, there remains a pressing need for a thorough analysis of the benefits and drawbacks of the various models currently in place across the globe – as well as some that no one has been brave enough to try yet.

Decriminalisation

Cannabis has been decriminalised in the Netherlands, Chile, Portugal, parts of Australia and many other locations worldwide. What this means is that possession is not a criminal offence, so being caught with cannabis can’t lead to jail time or a criminal record.

However, other penalties and forfeits – most commonly fines – can still be applied, so it would be a bit of...

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