In recent years, many countries around the world have been proposing changes to cannabis laws.
In April 2017, The Telegraph mapped out the world according to countries’ consumption of cannabis, and Egypt made it to the list.
Currently, drug users in Egypt face a minimum of one year in jail and fine of at least 1,000 Egyptian pounds ($56.)
This week, Canada legalized recreational marijuana, allowing adults to “possess, carry and share with other adults up to 30 grams of dried cannabis, enough to roll roughly 60 regular-size joints,” according to The New York Times.
In 2015, the country’s Tobacco Merchants Association in Cairo and Giza “submitted a proposal to the cabinet in order to legalize the trade and use of hash” (a drug made from cannabis,) arguing that the legislation would help “reduce the state budget deficit within a few years through imposing taxes on hash.”
Earlier this year, Lebanese Speaker of the Parliament Nabih Berri announced that the legalization of the cultivation of cannabis for medical use is currently underway.
Uruguay has adopted a similar approach, legalizing marijuana in 2013.
Talaat explained that the draft law is about “protecting young people and preserving their chances of a future,” according to Al Araby.
According to the report, Egypt came in at No. 25 out of 30 countries listed in the ranking, with 6.24 percent of its population regularly smoking the substance.
The proposal will be sent to parliament on Oct. 21.