Industry Insights & Developments for Cannabis in Europe
With largely progressive attitudes and increased movements towards legalization, opportunities are on the horizon for cannabis in Europe. Change is coming, and now is the time to get in on this budding industry. Here’s what you need to know about new and upcoming developments for cannabis in Europe.
UNDERSTANDING THE HISTORY OF CANNABIS IN EUROPE
The origin of advocacy for cannabis in Europe is usually attributed to Amsterdam. Much like the state of California, the country’s early approach to cannabis had a much heavier focus on recreational than medical use.
Cannabis coffee shops started popping up in Amsterdam in the 1970s, and have historically been tolerated, though not technically legal. The number of these coffee shops has decreased over the past few decades, but Amsterdam currently has a strip with eight different coffee shops within 100 yards.
Although developments for cannabis in Europe not as advanced as in the U.S., the industry is on its way to gaining greater acceptance and more widespread legalization.
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THE FUTURE OF CANNABIS IN EUROPE
While some stigma remains to be overcome, general attitudes toward cannabis in Europe tend to be more open and accepting than in the U.S.
As countries across Europe continue to legalize cannabis for medical and/or adult use, they’re uniquely poised for international trade and transport.
Another advantage of the continued legalization of cannabis in Europe is that it opens up an entirely new industry — and with it, the creation of new jobs and tax revenue.
For more insights on future European cannabis developments, check out our recent blog on emerging trends for cannabis in Europe.