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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.

10 Cannabis-Friendly Countries to Visit

10 Cannabis-Friendly Countries to Visit

As cannabis makes a comeback as the world’s favorite plant, some wonder where they can travel to legally enjoy it. Within the United States, it can sometimes be tricky to figure out where you can consume because many states have different rules and regulations, ranging from completely legal to strictly prohibited. Foreign countries are similar in the sense that there are a diverse set of rules that apply to each place, so it’s important to know where you are allowed to partake versus where you are better off holding back your health and wellness habits.

With COVID-19 still in our midst, we know that travel is something we do less often, but we like to be prepared for when it’s easier to jump back into tourism. So, here are just a few places around the world where you are more than welcome to enjoy cannabis.

(Parts of) The United States of America

While still illegal and classified as a Schedule I substance, recreational cannabis is legal in 15 states (Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Illinois, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, Oregon, South Dakota, Vermont, and Washington), DC, The Northern Mariana Islands, and Guam. Some states have their recreational cannabis systems already in place, while others are new to the scene and have yet to implement their regulations in their entirety. So, be sure you know your state’s rules before you spark up!

Cannabis is legal for both recreational and medical purposes here! The Federal Cannabis Act came into effect on October 17, 2018, making Canada the second country in the world (after Uruguay) to formally legalize the cultivation, possession, acquisition and consumption of cannabis and its byproducts. Canada is the first G7 and G20 nation to do so.

Cannabis is illegal, however, the Supreme Court ruled that prohibiting its use was unconstitutional in 2018. Further, possession and use of small amounts (5 grams or less) was decriminalized in 2009. So, if you happen to be in Mexico, feel free to discreetly spark up in private, and don’t showcase what you’re doing.

Again, cannabis is illegal here, however, in February 2015, the restrictions were amended as follows:

  • Possession of 2 ounces is a petty offense, and will not result in a criminal record
  • Cultivation of five or fewer plants is permitted
  • Practitioners of the Rastafari faith may use cannabis for religious purposes
  • Tourists with a prescription for medical marijuana may apply for permits to purchase small amounts

Don’t forget that cannabis has also woven itself into this country’s culture, so you’re likely to stumble across people offering it openly on more than one occasion.

The Netherlands

Surprisingly, cannabis is illegal in the Netherlands, however, here is another country where the plant is part of the local culture, and thus, certain laws are in effect that make the plant easier to obtain and use. Recreational use is tolerated, and cannabis is mainly available in “coffee shops” but is unregulated i.e. it is not tested for contaminants, THC content, and dosing. Possession of up to 5 grams is also decriminalized, however, police can still confiscate; this typically happens during car checks near the country’s border.

Cannabis is one of the most popular controlled substances for cultivation and consumption within the country. Cannabis is technically illegal here, but personal possession has been decriminalized since 2003 (adults over 18 are allowed to possess up to 3 grams). Cannabis cultivation is also a fast-growing industry in Belgium.

Although it is illegal for commercial purposes, cannabis is decriminalized for personal use and cultivation, as well as other purposes other than sale or trade. Because of this legal “grey area”, cannabis clubs are the most popular way to obtain the plant. About 500 “cannabis clubs” exist in Spain, 200 of them in Barcelona alone, and Spain has obtained the title of “New Amsterdam” and is an increasingly popular cannabis tourism destination.

Cannabis and all other drugs in Portugal have been decriminalized since 2001. You can have up to 25 grams of flower or up to 5 grams of hashish. Medical marijuana was legalized in 2018.

This one comes as a shock to some, considering Russia’s reputation as a country that leans more on the strict side of rules and regulations. Since 2006, possession of less than 6 grams of cannabis is an administrative offense, meaning it is punishable by way of either a fine of 1,000 rubles or 15 days of detention.

Two words: “Happy Pizza”. Although it’s not legal in this country, cannabis is not harshly enforced, with authorities taking a more opportunistic approach. Here, cannabis is mostly offered in the form of edibles, i.e. people consume it in their food or as a side garnish (hence, the “happy pizza”. There are businesses within the country that openly offer and sell cannabis to the public. It’s also common for the plant to be cultivated. Finally, cannabis is more popular among the older crowd, with youth not partaking as much as their elders.

As cannabis regulation and legal status continues to change throughout the world, one should keep up-to-date on the dos and don’ts when it comes to the plant in a given destination. Some places will be strict, while others have it listed as illegal, but are much more lax about enforcing the rules. So, do your research, stay safe when you travel, and enjoy the world through an elevated lens!

10 Cannabis-Friendly Countries to Visit 10 Cannabis-Friendly Countries to Visit As cannabis makes a comeback as the world’s favorite plant, some wonder where they can travel to legally enjoy