European countries always seem to be more progressive than America. It could be argued that Sweden, in particular, has far better policies when it comes to health care, education, worker's rights, and other social aspects. However, there's one area where we've got Sweden beat and that's marijuana, according to an opinion piece from U.S. citizen and current Stockholm resident David Olson.
Olson points out that many Europeans believe the only country stopping them from completely legalizing marijuana before America is Sweden.
Sweden's apparent hang-up with weed is because they relate it with laziness and stupidity, and believe it's a vice of the unsophisticated.
Good to know that Europe also has a few slack-jawed yokels of their own, even if they are leaps and bounds more culturally advanced than ours.