Iceland Gets Cooler With Proposal to Legalize CannabisGage PeakeSeptember 22, 2017
Pawel Bartozek, a Reform Party MP, has put forth a bill in Parliament that would establish a marketplace for recreational cannabis. The bill seeks to set up rules on production and sales, and decriminalize cannabis consumption.
If passed, Bartozek’s bill would legalize cannabis production, sales, and consumption by citizens 20 and older, while restricting cannabis packaging to plain gray containers and forbidding all cannabis advertising.
“I hope that the bill will be an icebreaker that spurs the debate and that it will ultimately lead to us ceasing the punishment of people for consuming this specific substance,” Pawel told the Iceland Review.
On his website, Bartozek wrote that decriminalization would be progress, “but if the production and sale remains illegal, we miss the opportunity to control access, protect children and minors, and to tax consumption.”
So far, the bill has gained some support in the Parliament, as Sigrún Ingibjörg Gísladóttir, a fellow member of Viðreisn, and two members of the Pirate Party, Gunnar Hrafn Jónsson and Jón Þór Ólafsson.
This is a developing story, stay tuned.