Places that love weed as much as you do: A list of Cannabis friendly countries
The majority of the planet seems to still have the reefer madness view on Cannabis. However many countries have been progressively working towards cannabis legalization or at least regulation. While there may be no rhyme or reason to these countries being pro cannabis. Other than they realized its benefits and that it was something the people want. This list is by no means conclusive, but it will give you some insight on the countries with some of the best cannabis laws to date.
Country Love Weed
- Chile has quickly moved up the ranks in Cannabis acceptance. Private use is decriminalized and medical Cannabis is currently available to residents. Chileans are allow to possess 10 grams at any time and grow up to 6 plants in their home. Chile’s largest farm produces 1.65 tons every 3/mo.
- Jamaica is a well-known favorite featuring cannabis festivals and famous smokers. It also features a very friendly Cannabis law. Cannabis is decriminalized up to 2 ounces and personal use of up to 5 plants is permitted. Jamaica is expanding its acceptance and is structuring medical, religious and natural cannabis laws as well
- North Korea made the list as my curiosity was peeked when there was no solid answer on the subject. It appears the main consensus is Cannabis is accepted in North Korea or highly un-enforced. It appears Kim Jog Un’s regime does not consider Cannabis to be a drug and it is reported that many small and large fields can be found in the country.
- South Africa makes the cut because it is ranked 4th on Interpol’s list for largest cannabis producers in the world and on March 31, 2017 the West Cape High Court rules in the Gareth Prince case. That any law disallowing the use and cultivation of cannabis by an adult in a private dwelling was unconstitutional. This is going to be a country to keep your eyes on.
- Spain has long been known to be friendly to cannabis with Portugal the first country to decriminalize the use of many drugs right next door. It can be considered the gateway into Europe. Growing and use of cannabis is allowed in private areas like a home. Plants cannot be visible from the street or public place. Spain has also hosted the Spannabis cup and other Cannabis events with great success.
- United States naturally makes the list as nearly half of its states have decimalized, legalized or made medical options available. Even though the country’s federal government has a schedule 1 ban on Cannabis. States like Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Washington DC have decriminalized Cannabis for adults 21+. It is estimated 9 million Americas smoke weed every day.
- Uruguay rounds up the bottom of the list as possibly the most progressive country on the list. The last Uruguayan president / cultivator Jose Mujica (81) wants Uruguay to be the mecca of Cannabis research and fought to bring full legalization to the country. Currently cultivation and possession is legal but no amounts have been specified. New laws indicate growers must register with the authorities and only the government can sell cannabis to consumers in Uruguay.
Now you’ve gotten a good idea on some of the friendliest countries for Cannabis. These countries are more progressive in understanding the benefits Cannabis has for the body and the economy.
Decriminalized Possession: They Love Weed
It is worth it to mention the countries that have decriminalized possession (Or small fine) for small amounts of Cannabis.
- Argentina – Small
- Australia – Small
- Austria – Up to 5 grams
- Belgium – Up to 3 grams
- Bolivia – Small
- Columbia – Up to 22 grams
- Czech Republic – Up to 15 grams
- Ecuador – Up to 10 grams
- Estonia – Up to 7.5 grams
- Germany – Self Harm law
- Greece – Up to 0.5 grams
- India – Legal in West Bengal, Gujarat, Bihar, Odisha and the North East.
- Malta – Up to 2.5 grams
- Mexico – Up to 5 grams
- Moldova – Small amount
- Netherlands – Up to 5 grams
- Paraguay – Up to 10 grams
- Peru – Up to 8 grams
- Portugal – Small amount
- Russia – Up to 6 grams
- Switzerland – Up to 10 grams
- Ukraine – Up to 5 grams
- S. Virgin Islands – Up to 28 grams
Places that Dont Like Weed
While the above countries have some form of decriminalization these countries below have the harshest laws when it comes to Cannabis.
- Saudi Arabia
- South Korea
- United Arab Emirates
It’s interesting to see who is pro Cannabis is and who is not. It is obvious Generation Y & Z are calling for Cannabis reform and legalization. Only time will tell how long before the rest of the world gets on board. Now you know all the places that love weed as much as you do!