Smoking Around the World
It’s the revival age of marijuana, and that means governments all over the country are legalizing medical and recreational use. Whether it’s to treat mental illness like anxiety, or just simply to relax, weed has become an important part of America’s modern culture.
But how do governments view weed internationally? Whether you’re looking to have some fun on your next vacation or trying to find a marijuana-friendly home, here’s a list of some of the most weed friendly countries in the world:
Jamaica is notorious for sandy beaches, strawberry daiquiris, and some really dank weed. Marijuana used to be a rebellious symbol against the British, causing the herb to be criminalized by the Ganja Law of 1913.
As of 2015, weed has been decriminalized, stating that you can have 2 ounces and 5 marijuana plants without facing arrest or criminal charges. Additionally, if you’re a Rastafarian in Jamaica, you’re allowed to use as much as you’d like to.
Though marijuana isn’t technically legal in Jamaica, it’s easy to get your hands on and the government is lacks.
Portugal decriminalized all drugs in 2001, allowing it to become one of the most relaxed countries when it comes to marijuana use. Portugal had intense addiction problems for decades, and changed their legislature to fit the need. Now, punishment for any illegal substance ranges from a small fine to treatment.
However, it’s important to note that selling or growing cannabis of any quantity is still illegal in Portugal. Keep that in mind if you’re planning to relocate to this beautiful country!
One of the world’s leading cannabis producers lies in Northern Spain, just north of Morocco. Since experiencing similar problems as Portugal, Spain took a relaxed approach to marijuana and it’s users.
Individual use of marijuana is legal, and cannabis smoking clubs have become an extremely popular part of Spanish nightlife. There are as many as 800 smoking clubs in Spain, and that number only continues to grow!
The beautiful South American country of Uruguay is possibly the most lenient weed space in the world. Uruguay became the first country to legalize marijuana use for adults 18 and older. After registration, people can buy, grow, and sell marijuana in clubs.
Growers can cultivate up to 99 plants at a time, so you’ll never have a paranoid high again!
If the vodka isn’t enough to get you through the cold Russian winters, than luckily you can smoke your way to warmth! Though weed is technically illegal in Russia, it’s decriminalized and lightly enforced. In fact, Russian citizens are allowed quantities up to 6 grams without arrest.
Growing is also decriminalized, and people are allowed to cultivate up to 20 plants at a time. Just make sure you have the right equipment to withstand the cold!
The countries with the most relaxed weed laws are causing a shift in the world, allowing users to feel more satisfied and safe. As researchers continue to discover the benefits of marijuana, more countries will begin to see the potential for growth, healing, and relaxation! Safe travels!