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Today we’re going to talk about stoner-friendly countries, places that any stoner would love to go thanks to the fact that it’s legal to smoke there, or at least cannabis has its foot in the door of the law.
In Belgium, cannabis use was legalized in 2001 as long as it’s for private and personal use; if you’re caught smoking in public then you will most likely get a heavy fine. This law is extremely similar to Spain, where you can smoke inside in your own house and nobody can say a thing to you.
Spain has legalized personal use, as well as having a set of regulations that allows cannabis use through social cannabis clubs, where people can get together to consume cannabis legally. Although Spain has some of the best conditions for growing this plant, these cannabis clubs are founded on a loophole, and the government will look for any excuse to shut them down the first opportunity they get.
Holland has been a sort of Mecca for stoners, although the prices are ridiculously high for tourists and the quality has gone down somewhat in the last few years. Growing cannabis is illegal in Holland, but you can buy it in many different coffee shops, and the government apparently is completely against people growing in their homes.
Switzerland partially decriminalized possession of less than 10g of weed for people over the age of 18, which now comes with a small fine rather than a criminal offense. In 2016 serious talks we held involving opening a certain number of trial cannabis clubs in the country.
Portugal is a country that went against everything every other country stands for when it comes to drugs; they decriminalized cannabis, cocaine, heroin, meth… basically all of the drugs. This, in turn, caused a significant decrease in users of all substances, a similar result that Holland experienced when coffee shops became a thing. You can possess up to 25g of cannabis, but you may be fined for smoking in public.
There are, of course, eight states in the United States that currently allow recreational use of the drug as well as medicinal, and a total of 30 states have legalized cannabis medicinally; even in the states where it’s legalized medicinally it’s apparently quite easy to get a doctor’s recommendation allowing you to use cannabis. Of course, federal law classes cannabis as a schedule l substance, making it federally illegal; this means that although the state you’re visiting has legalized recreational use, organizations such as the FBI have jurisdiction to fine you or shut dispensaries down, for example.
Colombia, since 2012, allows legal possession of up to 5 grams of cannabis and 1 gram of cocaine, as long as it’s for personal use – this allows tourists to enjoy strains that are native to Colombia without having to worry about legal issues.
Argentina legalized a system in 2012 that’s similar to the cannabis social clubs in Spain; as long as you use it in private places without annoying other people, cannabis use is allowed.
Chile allows for personal use as long as it’s in private, and they’ve also legalized personal growing of up to six cannabis plants either indoors or outdoors for both recreational and medicinal uses.
Uruguay legalized the production, recreational and medicinal use of the plant both privately and in groups as long as these groups are in private, and it can also be found in pharmacies. You’re allowed to buy 40 grams a month, grow 6 plants or 480 grams a year.
Canada allows for personal use and they were one of the first to allow the use of cannabis through permission from the government, as long as the person who wants to consume has the correct permission; they can also grow their own plants, but if you try and do so without permission or if you try to commercialize it and sell it, then you might end up with serious issues, more so than in the United States.
Italy in 2014 legalized personal use again, allowing users up to one gram of cannabis; it’s decriminalized, meaning that you’ll still get fined if you’re found with more than that on you, but this is still much better than the previous law. Before this new law, in Italy you could go to prison for between 6 to 20 years for growing cannabis. The current law states that you “only” get 2 to 6 years for growing. In Italy you can find some amazing hash strains that come all the way from Asia.
The Maldives is an amazing paradise that everyone has to see at least once in their lives, and it’s also a haven for weed smokers; although technically it is illegal, there’s no real legislation on it so if you stay in and smoke nobody will say a thing to you.
Swaziland is a small country in Africa, one of the few countries in the world that is still under an absolute dictatorship, allows for selective of growing medicinal cannabis although they’ve been fighting against commercial grows since the 90s with little results. Many, many amazing sativa-dominant strains come from this country.
Jamaica finally opened its doors to legal cannabis in 2015, making it even more of a hotspot for stoners; this country has a heavy Rastafarian population, making it absurd that the law was ever so repressive in the first place!
So, there you have it, a list of some of the countries where you can more or less freely get stoned and have a good time without worrying about the police, freely enjoying cannabis and all of the culture that comes with it.
Author: Fabio Inga
Translation: Ciara Murphy
Stoner-Friendly Countries – Learn which countries you can visit and still get your smoke on in a relatively legal environment.
A List Of The World’s Marijuana Friendly Countries
The world is opening up for the marijuana travel enthusiasts looking for highs in locales other than Venice Beach and Amsterdam. In the past ten years, multiples countries have made moves decriminalizing, or in some cases even legalizing marijuana consumption. And while selling flower in many of these countries is still illegal, indulging on your holiday gets a near-universal pass. Below are the countries with marijuana-friendly laws.
Cannabis in Canada is legal for both recreational and medicinal purposes. The federal Cannabis Act came into effect on 17 October 2018 and made Canada the second country in the world, after Uruguay, to formally legalize the cultivation, possession, acquisition and consumption of cannabis and its by-products
The United States (Some Parts)
Marijuana use on a federal level is still very much illegal, but depending on what state you’re in, recreational use is acceptable. Colorado, Washington and California have some of the country’s most relaxed views on marijuana. But before visiting the US, make sure to read up on local laws relevant to your travel itinerary.
On October 31, 2018, Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled that the law prohibiting recreational use of cannabis in Mexico was unconstitutional. The effect of the ruling was that the law prohibiting cannabis still remained in effect, but it was made unenforceable due to the fact that offenders could cite the ruling and demand that their charges be dismissed.
On October 20, 2017, the Belizean government passed an amendment decriminalizing possession or use of 10 grams or less on private premises. The bill was signed into law in early November by the Governor General.
On February 2015, Jamaica’s legislature voted to amend the nation’s cannabis laws allowing tourists with prescriptions for medical marijuana the opportunity to apply for permits to purchase small amounts. Possession of up to 2 ounces has been reduced to a petty offense from jail time. And cultivation of five or fewer plants is now permitted.
Argentina was one of the first countries to decriminalize marijuana use for personal use in small amounts and for consumption in private locations. The ruling was handed down by the Supreme Court ruled in 2009. Cultivating, selling and transporting large amounts is however illegal.
In 1994 the Constitutional Court of Colombia ruled that possession of cannabis and other drugs in amounts for personal use was legal. The Colombian government officially decriminalized the possession of up to 20 grams of cannabis In 2012. And in 2015 the Colombian Supreme Court ruled that cultivation of up to 20 cannabis plants was allowed.
Cannabis in Ecuador is legal for personal consumption in quantities of up to 10 grams. The sale of marijuana is illegal. The government considers drug use a health issue, not a criminal offense.
Uruguay has never criminalized personal possession of drugs, and a 1974 law allowed judges to determine whether a given case of possession was personal or commercial. President Jose Mujica signed legislation to legalize recreational cannabis in December 2013. The government supports personal cultivation, cannabis clubs and operate a state-owned dispensary.
Cannabis in Belgium is illegal, but personal possession has been decriminalized since 2003;   adults over the age of 18 are allowed to possess up to 3 grams.
Cannabis has been available for recreational use in coffee shops since 1976.  Cannabis products are only sold openly in certain local “coffeeshops” and possession of up to 5 grams for personal use is decriminalised, however, the police may still confiscate it, which often happens in car checks near the border. [
Cannabis in Portugal is decriminalized, as a result of the decriminalization of all drugs in Portugal in 2001. Medical use of cannabis was legalized in 2018.
Cannabis in Spain is illegal for commercial purposes, but decriminalised for personal cultivation and use, and other purposes other than sale or trade. That being said, there are over 500 cannabis clubs in the country where weed enthusiast can procure flower.
In September 2017, the federal court ruled that only the consumption of cannabis can be fined. As a consequence, most police departments changed their policy towards stopping the prosecution of small amounts of cannabis, while others had already done so earlier. However, the states of Geneva, Vaud, Valais, Neuchâtel, Jura, Ticino, St. Gallen and both Appenzell enforce the old policy.
Cannabis in Croatia is decriminalized for personal use and legalized for limited medical uses.
Cannabis in Estonia is illegal, but possession of up to 7.5 grams is considered an amount for personal use, and is punished with a fine. But more often than not, officials will look the other way. In fact, this country is becoming increasingly green friendly. In 2018, the then recently merged municipality of Kanepi in southern Estonia adopted the cannabis leaf as the symbol on its flag and coat of arms.
The world is opening up for the 420-friendly travel enthusiasts looking for highs in locales other than Venice Beach and Amsterdam. These are cities …