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Weed is banned in many countries and its prohibition can be traced back to several years. Doctors claim that the use of cannabis can lead to several health risks such as respiratory problems, impaired cognition, and risk of mental health issues. So, many countries banned the use of cannabis. Although some people argue about its potential medical benefits, there are not many scientific evidences to support this claim. The debates and research are still going on, so, several countries decided to ban it until there are not many conclusive evidences to support its medical benefits.
There are a few countries that have legalized cannabis and have regulated the production, distribution, and consumption of cannabis. Legalizing cannabis also creates economic opportunities because there is a mass consumption market. So, it contributes to tax revenue, job creation, and economic growth. In this article, I am making a list of countries that have legalized the production and consumption of weed.
Note: It’s important to keep in mind that the legal status and regulations surrounding cannabis can change, so it’s advisable to verify the current laws and regulations in each country.
Countries where weed is legal
Uruguay was the first country to fully legalize the cultivation, sale, and consumption of cannabis for recreational purposes in 2013. The law allows individuals who are 18 years or older to grow cannabis for personal use, join a cannabis club, or purchase cannabis from licensed pharmacies. The whole cannabis economy is strictly regulated by the government.
Canada legalized recreational cannabis nationwide in October 2018, allowing adults to purchase, possess, and consume cannabis. Adjusts who are 18 years old can consume cannabis legally. However, the specific regulations and legal age may vary slightly between different provinces and territories.
3. South Africa
In 2018, the Constitutional Court of South Africa decriminalized the personal and private use of cannabis by adults. But use of cannabis is only permitted in private places, by adults who are 18 years or older. Consuming cannabis in public spaces is still a criminal offense..
Luxembourg is in the process of legalizing cannabis for recreational use. The government has approved a law to regulate and tax cannabis, and it is expected to come into effect in the near future. It has made legal to buy and sell cannabis. The country also allows residents over 18 to grow up to four plants per household.
In June 2021, Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled that the prohibition of recreational cannabis was unconstitutional. While the law is yet to be fully implemented, this decision effectively allows adults to possess and cultivate cannabis for personal use.
While the Netherlands has a policy of tolerance towards cannabis, it is not technically legal. However, the sale and consumption of small amounts (up to 5 grams) in licensed coffee shops are tolerated under specific regulations.
7. Czech Republic
The Czech Republic has decriminalized the possession of small amounts of cannabis and allows the use of medical cannabis. In the country, possession of less than 15g and less than 5 plants is legal.
While cannabis is technically illegal in Spain, the private consumption and cultivation of cannabis for personal use are permitted. Additionally, certain regions, such as Catalonia and the Basque Country, have established social clubs where members can grow and consume cannabis collectively.
The Australian government has legalized the use of medicinal cannabis at the federal level. However, laws regarding recreational use vary among different states and territories. Some regions, such as the Australian Capital Territory (ACT), have decriminalized small amounts of cannabis for personal use.
Colombia allows the cultivation, sale, and export of cannabis for medicinal and scientific purposes. While recreational use remains illegal, possession of small amounts for personal use has been decriminalized.
The use of Cannabis in Chile was decriminalized in 2015. Adults can enjoy cannabis in private residences. Chileans can grow up to six cannabis plants at home.
Jamaica has a long-standing association with cannabis, and in recent years, the country has taken steps to decriminalize and regulate its use. Possession of small amounts of cannabis is now considered a petty offense, and Rastafarians can use it for religious purposes.
In Israel, medical cannabis has been legal and regulated since the early 1990s. The country has a comprehensive medical cannabis program that allows patients to access cannabis for therapeutic purposes. Israeli Cabinet approved a bill in 2021 to legalize recreational cannabis use. The aim of this bill was to boost the economy, tax revenues, and job creation.
Belgium has a policy of depenalization, which means that the possession of a small amount of cannabis for personal use is not prosecuted. However, the sale and cultivation of cannabis remain illegal.
Note: There are also a few countries including Argentina, Peru, Portugal, Mexico, Costa Rica, Switzerland, Czech Republic, and Moldova where cannabis is not legal but has also been decriminalized. It is only punishable by a fine or community service. In some countries, you can possess a small amount. The government in Germany is also considering legalizing the consumption and sale of cannabis. So, it is important to research before taking any decision.