On the 25th of May 2018, when 66.4 per cent of the Irish people voted to repeal the 8th Amendment, the constitutional clause that banned abortion, it was clear that Ireland, a country previously known for its repressive social policies, had entered a new era of openness and compassion. The question now is, will this new era pave the way for the regulation and decriminalization of medical cannabis?
For decades, Spanish women have been quietly advancing cannabis legalization and normalization via legal initiatives, medical marijuana research, private cultivation, political lobbying, activism and more. These women of weed want to overhaul Spain’s drug laws and restrictive policies to ensure a safe, inclusive and representative consumption environment for everyone.
On both sides of the street, shoppers stop to watch in amazement at the brazen display of law breaking during Madrid’s 22nd global Marijuana March on Saturday May 5th. Sitting cross-legged on the tarmac in the middle of Gran Via, Javi Puig, president of Galicia’s branch of the Federation of Cannabis Associations (ConFAC), is the first to pull out his papers and roll a joint.