This Wednesday came into force the law that allows the consumption of marijuana in Canada and from very early on dozens of Canadians piled up at the points of sale in order to get some of the drugs. For several months now, the Government of Canada has been planning a great logistics to supply the demand that the drug will have, even contacting people in Colombia to try to create ‘greenhouses’ and cultuval the drug.
This new law caused much controversy in other countries and served as a pretext to take to the streets and ask for the respective legalization in their countries. In almost all the world, marijuana has a complicated or discussed legal status, even though, in practice, a de facto legality or something close to a certain point is observed.


Countries With Legal Marijuana (For Recreational or Medical Use)

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Spain
  • United States
  • Holland
  • India
  • Israel
  • Jamaica
  • Mexico
  • Portugal
  • Czech Republic
  • Uruguay

In the case of Uruguay, it should be noted that its consumption was never illegal since there was no legislation in this regard. It was not until 2013 that it became the first country to legalize the sale and distribution (in the hands of the state) and also the cultivation, up to a maximum of six plants per person or household. It’s the only country that marijuana has complete legal status.


Restrictions For Consumption

Australia establishes its use for medical or scientific purposes. Canada: legal medicinal use; regulated sale in some cities; tolerated cultivation in small quantities. Chile allows its cultivation; consumption, sale and distribution for medicinal use. Colombia regulates a maximum of 22 grams per person; Sale and legal distribution for medicinal and scientific use; legal cultivation for personal consumption, up to 20 plants. In Costa Rica, its consumption and cultivation are decriminalized. Spain is allowed private legalized consumption, in addition to legal possession up to 100 grams. In the United States, it is allowed to be used in 10 states, decriminalized in 18 states; legal medical marijuana in 29 states; legal cultivation in some states. Holland tolerates its consumption in established places and allows the possession of up to five grams. India: illegal cultivation and recreational consumption at the national level, decriminalized or tolerated in several states. Israel: legal for medicinal use. Jamaica: legal for medicinal use; decriminalized personal consumption, legal for Rastafari; legal cultivation. Mexico: penalized personal consumption; legal medicinal and scientific use, with THC up to 1%; legal cultivation for medicinal and scientific use, decriminalized for personal consumption. Portugal: personal consumption and decriminalized cultivation. Czech Republic: decriminalized recreational use, decriminalized possession up to 15 grams; legal medicinal use; decriminalized cultivation. And in case you need something a little more graphic we leave you an interactive map where you can consult this information.