5 Countries Where Cannabis Use is Legal

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Marijuana prohibition varies around the world. There are countries that have decriminalized possession and personal use for up to certain amounts. Others have legalized its use for medical purposes the most recent of which is Germany that will start implementing the law by 2017. There are also countries that have legalized recreational and medical use of cannabis. Here are the places in the world where it’s legal to smoke weed.

1. Colombia

In Colombia, personal use of marijuana is legal for up to 22 grams. And there is no limit set for medical use. Cultivating marijuana for personal consumption is also legal as long as it does not exceed the mandated limit of 20 plants. There is no cultivation limit for medical purposes.

2. Netherlands

The Netherlands has long been known for its tolerance to marijuana use. It is legal to carry up to 5 grams of marijuana and recreational use in public has been decriminalized if you are over 18 years old. Over a hundred coffeeshops in Amsterdam sell marijuana where it is legal to smoke them. However, smoking pot in public areas other than the designated coffeeshops is prohibited.

3. Peru

Peru is fairly tolerant with cannabis use provided you stay within legal limits. Recreational use is legal for up to 8 grams and is mostly tolerated among locals. For tourists, caution must be observed given stricter rules that may be implemented.

4. Spain

Spain is another European country where private use is legal. Cannabis clubs can be found in cities like Barcelona and Valencia. These establishments are like the coffee shops of Amsterdam where it is legal to purchase and use weed. The said clubs can also grown marijuana which they can sell to patrons or members. There are now over 500 cannabis clubs across Spain according to estimates.

5. Uruguay

It is legal to use marijuana for citizens of Uruguay who are of legal age, which is over 18 years old. But it is not indicated how much would be the legal limit for recreational use.