Policy Science

A lack of viable treatment options from conventional medicine for various medical conditions is driving a global movement to create safe and legal access to medical cannabis. Today, over two-thirds of the population of the United States and its territories live in regions with medical cannabis laws, and over 2.5 million individuals worldwide are legally using medical cannabis.

Canada, Israel, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Croatia, Mexico, Chile, Uruguay, Poland, Finland, Norway, Germany, Jamaica, Australia, Italy, Columbia, Macedonia, and Switzerland all have passed laws or enforced other legal acts allowing to create medical cannabis access programs, and many other countries are reviewing their legislations recently.

This legislative-driven movement is the result of coordinated patient demand, observational and clinical data reviews, demonstrated positive public health impacts, and strategic focus from NGOs to develop, pass, and monitor laws/regulations and to fill knowledge gap for mainstream institutions.