Around the World with Cannabis

What’s up with Iceland?

It’s time for another look at cannabis around the world with The Green Solution®. In the past several months, we’ve visited Uruguay, Japan, Portugal, and Jamaica, and we’ve found that when it comes to legal cannabis, Colorado is the place to be. But today we ask, “what’s up with Iceland?” Is cannabis legal there?

In a word, no. Not even medical cannabis. Despite the federal prohibition, Iceland has the highest per capita rate of cannabis usage in the world with 18.3% of the population between the ages of 15 and 65 reporting prior or regular consumption (the United States is number two with 16.2%).

Iceland’s prohibition against cannabis may end sooner rather than later, considering that at least two major parties are presenting bills to its Parliament to that effect. The Reform Party supports legalization as does – wait for it – the Pirate Party. At this point, I feel I’d be remiss not to briefly touch on the fact that the Pirate Party is one of Iceland’s major political forces. It was founded in 2012, and this is its flag.

If the Pirates get their way, adult use of cannabis will be legal in Iceland soon. Arrr!

While the sparsely populated nation of Iceland (the entire country’s population is less than half that of Denver’s) looks like a beautiful place to visit, The Green Solution® remains grateful to have its home in gorgeous Colorado.