In Spain it is illegal to grow, own and sell it, but in the rest of the world the laws on its consumption are not so restrictive and there are places where it is completely legal to smoke it. What are we talking about? Of the famous marijuana.
The term indicates a substance that is obtained from the seeds, leaves and dried flowers of the Indian hemp. You may have heard of it in street jargon where it is also known as cane, cannon, joint, joint or many other more or less funny names.
Marijuana is a hallucinogen and is therefore considered a drug. The debate on its use has always been very heated. It must be said that the consumption of the substance for medical purposes is now cleared of customs in many parts of the world: marijuana is in fact useful in the treatment of some diseases, especially those degenerative of the nervous system.
We leave judgments on the legitimacy of its use to you and, if you are willing to share this dream state that marijuana promises to induce, here is a map of the places where it is legal to consume it.
- States where it is legal or substantially legal
- States where it is illegal but decriminalized
- States where it is illegal but often not prosecuted
- States where it is completely illegal
- Other states of which there is no information
- User questions and comments
States where it is legal or substantially legal
There are some states around the world where cannabis is used legal, tolerated or allowed but with some restrictions. In the US, some states have enacted laws to regularize their use, especially for medical purposes.
There are other realities where the consumption of marijuana is entirely allowed, indeed it is part of the traditions of the country.
- Five states in the USA: Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Oregon and District of Columbia. Average cost: $ 11 per gram
- Uruguay, but consumers are forced to subscribe to a special register. Average cost: 1 dollar per gram
- Holland, not legal but tolerated sale in Coffee Shops. Average cost: $ 30 per gram
- Bangladesh, in which there is no law in this regard and is therefore, in fact, totally legal. Average cost: $ 0,50 per gram
States where it is illegal but decriminalized
If the list of countries where the consumption of marijuana is legal is really small, a little more substantial is that of the states where it is illegal but to be penalized. By decriminalization we mean that recreational consumption is prohibited and, above all, dealing or selling.
The permitted actions, on the other hand, include the production and sale by specialized companies, ed consumption for medical purposes, prescribed by a specialist. Furthermore, the penalty for possession does not include imprisonment.
- Spain, possession and consumption not in public places is legal. Average cost: $ 10 per gram
- Portugal, the sale is prohibited but, since 2001, possession is legal. Average cost: $ 5 per gram
- Italy, decriminalized personal consumption and allowed medical use, but it remains illegal. Average cost: $ 10 per gram
- Switzerland, The consumption of hemp by adults is punished with a fine of 100 francs. Possession of less than 10 grams is not punishable. Average cost: $ 10 per gram
- Austria, decriminalized the personal use of a modest quantity, allowed the cultivation for therapeutic use. Average cost: $ 11 per gram
- Czech Republic, sale prohibited, possession of up to 15 grams of marijuana and cultivation for personal use permitted. Average cost: $ 11 per gram
- Germany, possession within 10 grams is not prohibited, use is legal. Average cost: $ 10 per gram
- Australia, remains illegal in some states but decriminalized in others, legal for therapeutic use. Average cost: $ 15 per gram
- Argentina, legal possession up to 5 grams for private use only. Average cost: $ 5 per gram
- Chile, the laws in force do not punish personal and private consumption but sanction group consumption. Average cost: $ 5 per gram
- Paraguay, decriminalized possession from 1988 up to 10 grams. Average cost: $ 3 per gram
- Perù, possession for personal use of up to 8 grams is not illegal, but about 60% of inmates are in prison for crimes related to mere detention. Average cost: $ 10 per gram
- Colombia, allowed to possess up to 20 grams, legal for medical consumption. Average cost: $ 10 per gram
- Ecuador, decriminalized personal use. Average cost: $ 10 per gram
- Costa Rica, consumption and personal possession do not represent a criminal offense. Average cost: $ 20 per gram
- Jamaica, possession (up to 56,70 grams) and decriminalized use since 2015, allowed the cultivation of up to 5 plants. Rastafarians can consume it in places of worship. Average cost: $ 10 per gram
States where it is illegal but often not prosecuted
In these states the use of marijuana is probable and prosecuted at the legislative level, but it is at the same time more or less widely tolerated.
- Mexico, it is illegal but some people have obtained special government authorization for cultivation and lawful consumption for recreational purposes. Average cost: $ 15 per gram
- Brazil, clear distinction between traffickers and consumers, the crime is decriminalized. Average cost: $ 10 per gram
- India, use is permitted for religious purposes. Average cost: $ 3 per gram
- Cambodia, the police do not stop consumers. Average cost: $ 3 per gram
States where it is completely illegal
In the rest of the world, the consumption of marijuana is still illegal and its use is a criminal offense. However, the punishments for this type of crime vary greatly from state to state, ranging from simple fines to prison, up to corporal punishment.
Marijuana is prohibited in a large part of Europe, in the whole of the African continent and in almost all countries of the Americas and Asia.
- Croatia, the possession of even just one gram is severely punished with a fine, for the cultivation and sale there is a risk from 3 to 15 years in prison
- Romania, fines for the possession of small quantities, the sale and possession of large quantities provide for jail
- Belgium, completely illegal in any form
- France, illegal, up to one year in prison
- Japan, since 1948 all preparations containing THC are illegal
- Israel, illegal, medical use allowed only if authorized by the ministry of health which assesses it on a case-by-case basis
- New Zealand, illegal
- Poland, illegal in any form, with penalties from 3 to 10 years in prison
- UK, illegal
Other states of which there is no information
- North Korea, it is not clear whether the possession, consumption and production of this substance is legal or not. Some sources claim that the law does not prohibit its use, others warn cannabis tourists that North Korea is not a joint paradise but rather, being discovered in possession of the substance can lead to serious legal consequences.