What Countries have legalized Marijuana

Are you curious about the countries that have completely outlawed marijuana? While many countries have decriminalized or legalized cannabis, there are still a few that strictly prohibit it.

In this post, we’ll look at the countries where marijuana is completely banned and why.

Canada, Georgia, Malta, Mexico, South Africa, Thailand and Uruguay

Canada, Georgia, Malta, Mexico, South Africa, Thailand, and Uruguay have all legalized the recreational use of cannabis. Canada was the first country to make the move in 2018, and since then many more countries have followed suit. This is a major step forward in the global acceptance of cannabis and its potential benefits. In these countries, private and personal use of recreational marijuana in amounts up to 5 grams is decriminalized, meaning that no jail time or other repercussions are associated with this activity. Furthermore, medical marijuana is also legal in these countries for those who require it for medical purposes. The acceptance of cannabis in these countries gives hope that more countries may soon legalize it in the future.

Colombia Decriminalization

Colombia has recently taken a bold move to decriminalize cannabis consumption and production. The Colombian Senate passed a bill that would legalize marijuana nationwide, although there are still more steps in the legislative process before it can be put into effect. Personal possession and consumption of the plant is already decriminalized, and Colombia also permits the production of cannabis for medical purposes, which is mostly exported to other countries like the United States. If the law passes, Colombia will become only the third country in the world to fully legalize all aspects of cannabis consumption and production.

Chile's Cannabis Story
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Chile’s Cannabis Story

In Chile, it is illegal to cultivate, sell, or transport cannabis; however, private at- consumption and growing for medical use is allowed. Recently, the country has been debating a bill in Congress that would explicitly permit people to grow their own plants. The proposal is part of a broader shift in global cannabis policies in the region, with Colombia and Jamaica now allowing marijuana cultivation for medical purposes. In Uruguay, the first country in the world to legalize the use of cannabis on a federal level, citizens can purchase up to 40 grams of marijuana from pharmacies. However, non-citizens are not allowed to participate in this program. It is interesting to witness how different countries are dealing with the issue of cannabis legalization.

Thailand and the United States

Thailand made history in 2018 when it became the first country in Asia to legalize medical cannabis. Thailand also decriminalized cannabis, making it legal to cultivate and possess up to 6 plants. Oils and tinctures with more than 0.2% THC are still illegal unless prescribed. The decision by the Food and Drug Administration to remove all of the plant from the category of narcotic drugs makes Thailand the first nation in Asia to do so. The United States on the other hand has taken a different route. While marijuana remains illegal federally, a number of states have legalized the plant for medical or recreational use.

India’s Intoxicating Effect

In India, cannabis is mostly illegal for recreational use, but it is legal for medicinal use since 2017. The government of India has strictly prohibited the sale and production of cannabis resin and flowers, but it permits the use of its seeds, stems, and leaves. The effects of habitual cannabis use on the individual have been studied for many years, and the consequences in developing countries are well-known. Law enforcement agents are tasked with apprehending those who grow, sell, and distribute marijuana illegally, with severe punishments administered as a deterrent.

Lashings as Punishment
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Lashings as Punishment

Marijuana possession and use is illegal in many countries and can come with some harsh punishments. In some nations, like Iran, lashings are used as a punishment for drug possession. Like Iran, several other nations, including Singapore and Saudi Arabia, also use lashings. However, Saudi Arabia abolished flogging as a form of punishment in 2020. Cannabis trafficking can cost you from 2 to 10 years in prison in Singapore and 3 years behind bars in Dubai. Possession of THC can even result in the death penalty in Brunei. Egypt, which has had a cannabis prohibition since 1877, was one of the first countries to restrict marijuana.

Nigeria’s Prohibitions

Nigeria is one of the many countries that have strict prohibitions against marijuana. The cultivation, recreational and medical use of cannabis is illegal in the country. It is also a criminal offence to be found in possession of any amount of the drug, and there are harsh punishments for those found guilty of breaking the law. The only exception is industrial hemp, which is legal to cultivate, though the industry is still in its infancy. The government of Canada has issued travel advisories for Nigeria, warning citizens to be aware of the laws and regulations when travelling in the country. It’s important to remember that marijuana laws can vary from country to country, so it’s important to do your research before travelling anywhere.

Iran’s Strict Laws

Iran is notorious for its strict code of conduct and enforcement of marijuana laws. The use of cannabis is illegal and any marijuana produced inside the country is laced with other substances, making it even more dangerous. Despite this, personal cannabis use is rarely punished and there has been a rise in its popularity in cities. Iran is currently discussing cannabis and opium regulations that could potentially lead to legalisation of drug consumption through a state-supervised system. Penalties for drug traffickers are harsh, however Iran has progressive policies for addicts. It remains to be seen if these potential changes will have any effect on the country’s marijuana laws.

Singapore and Saudi Arabia

Singapore and Saudi Arabia are two countries that have some of the world’s strictest laws when it comes to cannabis. In Singapore, possession and/or use of cannabis is punishable with up to 10 years in prison, while in Saudi Arabia, personal use and/or possession of any kind of recreational drugs is punishable by lashings as punishment. Moreover, importing two pounds (around one kilogram) of cannabis into Singapore can result in a life sentence. In Iran, several nations including Singapore and Saudi Arabia impose the death penalty for import. As a result, it is important to be aware that recreational use of cannabis is illegal in both countries and should be avoided at all costs.

Malaysia, North Korea, Vietnam and The Philippines

Malaysia, North Korea, Vietnam, The Philippines, Thailand, China, Taiwan and other regional nations are reported to execute offenders for selling drugs. In Malaysia, those who engage in such activities can be subjected to the death penalty. Singapore and Saudi Arabia also have strict laws against drug trafficking, with punishments ranging from fines to lashes. As many countries move towards legalization, the cannabis industry is booming. Thailand recently decriminalized marijuana, becoming the first country in Southeast Asia to do so. However, it is important for travelers to remember that even in countries where cannabis is legal, it is strictly prohibited to bring any amount of the drug into the country.

Global Cannabis Policies

From Canada, Georgia, Malta, Mexico, South Africa, Thailand and Uruguay, who have all legalized recreational cannabis use, to Colombia and Chile who have decriminalized its use, various nations have taken different approaches when it comes to cannabis policies. In India, cannabis has an intoxicating effect on society and is largely prohibited. In Nigeria and Iran, the laws are much stricter and harsher punishments are in place such as lashings. In Singapore and Saudi Arabia, lashings are also used as punishment for the supply of drugs for non-medical purposes. Malaysia, North Korea, Vietnam and The Philippines also have prohibitions in place against cannabis use. Globally, there are a range of cannabis policies in place that vary from country to country. In the United States, while it is illegal on a federal level, many states have legalized marijuana in some form.

United States

In the United States, only three mainland-state outliers and one U.S. territory have not legalized any type of cannabis use. Those are Idaho, Nebraska, South Dakota and Guam. However, there is hope for change as two bills have been introduced in Congress that would end the country’s federal prohibition of pot. Nevertheless, it is important to be aware of the cannabis laws in each individual state before consuming cannabis products, regardless of whether they are legal or not.