The pressure to legalize marijuana worldwide has become so much so that U.S. lawmakers are taking a pot-filled field trip to Europe.
A bipartisan Congressional Delegation that includes New York Congressman Brian Higgins and California Congressman Dana Rohrabacher have scheduled a trip to Europe next week to study their various legal cannabis policies and regulatory systems, reports Marijuana Politics.
The delegation’s multi-country tour will be highlighted by a stop in Germany, where medical marijuana was legalized earlier this year. The congressmen are scheduled to speak at the International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) in Berlin.
The international cannabis business community is bracing for the onset of import/export and cross-border deals allowing countries with favorable federal legal standing to get a jump on countries such as the U.S., whose federal laws currently impede many such deals, along with medical research, which is the basis of many products and intellectual property.
Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a candid medical marijuana user who has long fought for legal cannabis reform in California, is scheduled to deliver the event’s keynote speech on April 12.
“This is an exciting time for drug policy reform,” Rohrabacher told Marijuana Politics. “I haven’t witnessed this scale of reform in the world since I worked with Ronald Reagan in 1987, when he uttered those famous words: ‘Mr. Gorbachev tear down this wall.’ Now, almost 30 years later, the Berlin Wall of medical marijuana prohibition is crumbling.”