Speaking to Marijuana.com, the bill’s author MP Pawel Bartoszek expressed his reasoning for opting for full legalisation, opposed to decriminalisation:
“I hear in the discussion that many people would like to see some sort of decriminalization as the first approach. I simply think that the [legalization] solution is more effective than decriminalization.
“Regulation gives us the option to control prices and control access.”
“The reaction to the bill has been strong, from both sides. I have three co-sponsors, Sigrún Ingibjörg Gísladóttir from Reform and Gunnar Hrafn Jónsson and Jón Þór Ólafsson from The Pirate Party.
“In Iceland, we fine 1,000 people a year for various drug offenses. I want that to end and this is the right way to do it.”
According to the World Drug Report 2016, roughly 18.3% of Icelanders use cannabis a year.
Out of 334,252 Icelanders, 60,000 are regularly using cannabis. 60,000 people could benefit from this bill, not to mention the country’s economy.
In 2015, Colorado took in $198.5 million in tax revenue from in-state cannabis sales of $1.3 billion. That’s up from $699.2 million in sales in 2014 and $996.2 million in 2015 sales.
The Bill has a long way to go before becoming law. A General Election campaign is currently underway in the Northern European country, so it cannot be debated and voted on until the result of the election are known.
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