"Washington's governor, democrat Jay Inslee, to introduce a system to pardon people who were convicted of cannabisinnehav before this became legal in the u.s. state of 2012."
"People who are convicted for minor cannabisinnehav (less than 40 grams) between 1998 and 2012 will be able to apply for a pardon. It does not apply to persons who have multiple convictions. Total count Inslees office with about 3 500 persons have the right to apply."
"Washington and Colorado were the first out of the states in the U.S. to legalize the possession of cannabis in 2012, and since then several others followed suit. In 2014, it was also legal to, under controlled conditions, to sell and grow cannabis in Washington. Possession of the drug is still illegal at the federal level in the united states."
"Jay Inslees decision welcomed by groups advocating legalization, among them"
"the Republican Brad Klippert is not as happy and think that Inslee should have been satisfied with only the good of the country in extreme cases."
"In the majority of countries in the world, cannabis is still prohibited, among them Sweden. The Swedish narcotics act prohibits any contact with controlled drugs, including cannabis."
"But a number of countries are now debating the easing of the rules, or have already introduced such."
"Uruguay has legalized the cultivation, sale and smoking of marijuana. Canada followed suit and legalized cannabis on October 17, 2018."
"IN the united states, the drug is prohibited at the federal level. However, about half of the states have created their own rules. In at least eight states, cannabis is allowed or about to be there, including the population of the biggest, California. A number of others, including the third most populous Florida, approves medical use."
"Many other countries are allowing marijuana, under certain circumstances. Within the EUROPEAN union has, among others, Denmark and Portugal recently changed the rules in the more permissive direction."