Cannabis advocates in Finland have gathered sufficient signatures for a cannabis decriminalization petition to demand a evaluation of the proposal by Finland’s Parliament. 50,000 petition signatures have been needed to demand the evaluation.

As described by Marijuana Moment, the proposal ‘stipulates that possession of 25 grams or much less of cannabis, and the cultivation of up to 4 plants, would not carry criminal penalties.’ Only a single cannabis plant can be dried at any offered time according to the petition.

Kasvua Kannabiksesta, the group behind the petition, stated that quite a few of the signatures have been obtained close to the deadline. Per Yle:

“People commonly leave issues to the final minute. We’ve been advertising this not too long ago and obtaining our message out on social media. There’s undoubtedly extra than 50,000 – or even extra than 100,000 – men and women in Finland who help this concern,” Karvinen told Yle on Wednesday evening as the initiative nonetheless only had garnered about 41,000 signatures.

Karvinen mentioned decriminalising cannabis is warranted due to the fact prohibition of the drug hasn’t worked.

“Primarily, punishing [the use of cannabis] does extra harm than fantastic. It promotes social exclusion and [convictions for cannabis possession] can hinder a person’s access to jobs or study spots,” he explained.

Just due to the fact the petition received sufficient signatures to trigger a evaluation by Finland’s Parliament, it does not imply that what is getting proposed will develop into law in Finland. It would be logical for Finland to get on the ideal side of history and adopt the sensible proposal, nonetheless, only time will inform if that proves to be the case.

As of this weblog post, the petition has received more than 57,000 signatures. You can study the content material of the petition at this hyperlink right here.