THE INTERESTING SITUATION WITH MARIJUANA LAWS IN FINLAND
- October 31, 2018
When you take a closer look at the global marijuana debate, you may begin to see how much of an impact the little green plant has left on our world. At this time, the United States is still teetering toward the halfway point on marijuana legalization, and Canada (our northern neighbor) officially legalized recreational weed as of October 17, 2018. Meanwhile, Australia has also approved medical-grade cannabis and is conducting clinical trials that will test the drug’s effectiveness on brain cancer. Still, countries like France are not budging on their stance towards the plant, while the United Kingdom has been pressured to re-review their marijuana policies in the wake of a recent controversy. One country, however, seems to be taking a unique perspective on the drug. Let’s take a closer look at the interesting situation with marijuana laws in Finland
Progressive but Strict
In 2008, the Finnish government made the critical decision to completely legalize marijuana for medical purposes. However, unlike our system in the United States, the process of obtaining medical cannabis in Finland is extremely difficult due to hefty drug regulations. In the Land of One Thousand Lakes, doctors cannot necessarily prescribe drugs for a wide variety of illnesses, and patients have to struggle to obtain one little prescription. Likewise, medical weed will only be dispensed if all other treatment options have failed.
Wrist Slap or Jail Time
Needless to say, Finland has established some tight regulations on the drug, which could possibly lead to some trouble for locals. People who are caught smoking weed in public locations will be fined, which does not sound very severe. However, consider that this offense can lead to a police search at a Fin’s home and you may begin to perceive how these laws work. Depending on what the officers find at the residence, the offender can potentially face larger fines or imprisonment.
For the marijuana aficionado tourist entering Finland, a night of partying can quickly turn into the Midnight Express if they do not have permission from the Finnish authorities. Even a medical card from the person’s home country will be disregarded. In short, taking weed to Finland is a ridiculous idea.
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