SKY, The Finnish Cannabis Association, has been founded in 1991 in order to influence drug policy in a way that cannabis cultivation and possession are permitted for adults and production and distribution become regulated.
As a veteran organization, it has a long experience with public appearances like the Wind Direction Action in 2020, an installation that showcased flags of countries that have already taken at least the first steps to a more reasonable drug policy.
Like many groups of civil society SKY suffered from a serious lack of funding, people stopped being interested when legalization did not happen instantly. But with a recent action SKY managed to regain attention, bringing an increase in membership, especially young people who have joined to strengthen their ranks.
SKY has initiated a successful citizens initiative to decriminalize cannabis use, for which they gathered 60.000 signatures. The initiative would stop punishing for using cannabis, allow a person to possess 25 grams, and grow 3 plants. It was presented to Finland’s parliament on November 5th 2020, it is receiving a lot of media coverage and has reinvigorated the discussion within society. There will be a law committee hearing about the initiative on February 17th 2021. For updates and developments on the citizen’s initiative click here.
SKY is a long-standing member of ENCOD.