16 Places Around The World Where Recreational Cannabis Is Legal


Cannabis is highly politicized anywhere in the world and consuming, possessing, cultivating, and distributing the drug can have varying levels of consequence, depending on one's location. Cannabis also known as pot, ganja, marijuana, weed, etc has been a universal unifier; something enjoyed by all walks of life. To our stoners readers, we’ve put up a list for your next stoner paradise travel destination.  

 

 

The United States of America

In the U.S., recreational consumption is allowed in Colorado, Oregon, Washington State Maine, California, Massachusetts, Nevada, Alaska and in Washington, D.C. Colorado and Washington became the first states to legalize cannabis for recreational use in 2012.

The Netherlands

Technically weed is illegal in the Netherlands, but the drug is so common that authorities largely tolerate it. The coffee shops, puzzlingly, are legal, and hold permits which that make it possible for them to continue their operations.

Spain

Spain is another country where the cannabis laws are rather complex; but currently it’s legal to consume the drug privately, and growing marijuana plants for personal consumption is excluded from criminal prosecution.

 

Thanks to the “private consumption” loophole in the law, Spain is also home to more than 800 private cannabis clubs, where membership usually requires a bit of paperwork, and for members to hold local domicile.

Uruguay

Uruguay was one of the first Latin American countries to create a plan to legalize marijuana, which was then approved in 2013, according to The Los Angeles Times. The drug is legal to cultivate, distribute, and consume, so long as one is a registered Uruguay resident.

 

However, tourists will still have to settle for making friends with generous locals, who might possibly share their smoke.

Peru

According to Tripsavvy.com, Cannabis is technically illegal in the country, however, there is a loophole in the form of Article 299 of the Peruvian Penal Code that makes it so the act of possession, with no intent to distribute, is not punishable, as long as one is holding weed for personal and immediate consumption. An individual can possess up to eight grams of marijuana, at one time, or two grams of cannabis derivatives.

Jamaica

A lot of people thought that Cannabis is legal in the country due to Jamaica’s association with Cannabis for decades. Some might be surprised that the plant was just recently decriminalized in the country in 2015. Under the new law, trafficking and possession of the herb is still illegal, but possessing less than 2 ounces of marijuana is considered a petty offense that does not go on one’s permanent criminal record. Citizens are also permitted to cultivate cannabis in their homes, so long as they do not keep more than five plants at a time.

Rastafari, a religious group that incorporates cannabis into its rituals and practice, are allowed to use it in religious ceremonies, and citizens can apply to sell medical marijuana to tourists and locals alike.

Canada

Medical use of marijuana has been legal in Canada since 2001. In April of this year, a bill has been passed to legalize recreational use and is expected to be enacted into a law by July of 2018.  That means Americans visiting Canada will be able to buy and smoke legally while visiting.

Portugal

According to Sensiseeds.com, Portugal has taken a unique approach to all drugs, including cannabis, in that the possession and consumption of drugs for personal use is a non-criminal offense.  This approach has led to a drop in hard drug usage among the Portuguese.  Though it is allowed to buy and smoke Cannabis in Portugal, being caught with an amount deemed more than necessary for personal use could land you a year in jail and a hefty fine.

Switzerland

Switzerland recently decriminalized the possession of cannabis, as long as it’s in small doses. Cultivation, selling, and usage is still considered a crime. According to the reports of Talkingdrugs.org, thanks to a loophole in the law, the selling and consumption of “C-Pure,” cannabis that contains less than one percent of THC, is perfectly legal under Swiss law. C-Pure looks exactly like regular, THC-fueled weed.

Cambodia

According to Phnompenpost.com, on paper, marijuana is illegal in Cambodia, but police usually turn a blind eye at locals who grow and consume a small amount of their own weed.  Cambodia is also home of the weed-infused “happy pizza,” what is better than Cannabis infused pizza right?  

Most drug dealers hang out in tourist areas, and try to sell their supplies to you, and will convincing you that the police mostly look for people selling harder drugs, like cocaine and heroin.

Costa Rica

Cannabis is illegal but decriminalized in Costa Rica. According to The Costa Rican News, it’s allowed to carry a small amount of weed, but Costa Rican law doesn’t specify how much constitutes “a small amount” or whether or not growing a plant for personal use is illegal.

Ecuador

The city of Cuenca in Ecuador is known for their weed-infused chocolate bon bon’s, which are said to give consumers a “mellow vibration.” Cannabis is decriminalized as long as you possess only 10 grams or less for personal use.  Selling the drug, on the hand, remains illegal.  According to the reports of Cuencahighlife.com, despite the laws, marijuana plants grow regularly in Ecuador due to the favorable climate for cultivation and that police are rarely looking to arrest residents for smoking

Estonia

In Estonia, one can possess up to 7.5 grams of Cannabis for personal use.  As long the Cannabis in your possession is within the limit and you do not sell Cannabis, you are fine.  For those going against the rules can be locked up for 5 years in an Estonian jail according to Thrillist.com.

Mexico

Currently, Mexican law allows up to five grams of marijuana for personal use. Keep in mind that the drug is still illegal but it’s  also decriminalized, and legal for medicinal use, according to CNN. Residents are also allowed to grow up to four marijuana plants for personal use.

Israel

According to Haaretz.com, getting caught smoking in public will still cost you a $270 fine but personal use of marijuana has been decriminalized in Israel and instead of criminal punishment, the Israeli government wants to focus on “a way to implement the new policy, which will emphasize public information and treatment,” according to the Public Security Minister of Israel, Gilad Erdan.

Germany

Germany, where you can legally consume cannabis for both medical and recreational use. You can even get your cannabis costs covered by medical insurance and pick up your prescription at a pharmacy. Recreational users can still be fined, but the act itself is decriminalized.

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01 Dec 2017


By Anne Kristina Aguila