What countries have legalized cannabis?

Cannabis is now becoming legalized globally at a speed rarely seen before. Even though it remains illegal in many countries, medical marijuana has already been legalized in several nations.

Voters recently approved the legalization of recreational cannabis in the United States in Colorado and Washington, allowing adults over 21 years old to smoke or consume cannabis recreationally.

As legalization spreads worldwide, governments are looking into ways to manage its impact. In some cases, new laws are being introduced to regulate cannabis usage, while other countries are debating whether to ban it altogether.

Top 10 countries where cannabis is legal

1. Canada

Canada became the first to legalize recreational marijuana use in October 2018. Recreational marijuana use was legalized under the Cannabis Act (Bill C-45), which was enacted on 17 October 2018.

2. Uruguay

Uruguay became the second country in the world to fully legalize recreational marijuana use in December 2013. Recreational marijuana use is now legal throughout the entire country.

3. The Netherlands

The Netherlands is the third country in the world to legalize recreational marijuana use completely. On 1 January 2014, the Dutch government passed legislation to allow people over 18 years old to possess small amounts of marijuana. Possession of larger quantities would remain illegal.

4. Australia

Australia became the fourth country to legalize recreational marijuana use in November 2017 partially. Recreational marijuana use became legal in Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, and the Northern Territory on 26 January 2018. New South Wales followed suit on 19 February 2018.

5. Chile

Chile became the fifth country in the world to legally recognize medical marijuana use in May 2010. In June 2012, the Chilean Congress approved a bill legalizing recreational marijuana use. Recreational marijuana use went into effect on March 27, 2015.

6. Germany

Germany became the sixth country to approve medical marijuana use in July 2003. In April 2004, the German Parliament passed a law to regulate the cultivation and distribution of medical marijuana.

7. Israel

Israel became the seventh country in the world to officially recognize medical marijuana use in August 2008. In September 2009, the Israeli Knesset passed a law to regulate medical marijuana.

8. Argentina

Cannabis is illegal for medicinal/recreational purposes, even though the law does not specify what constitutes cannabis.

9. Belgium, France, Luxembourg, and the Czech Republic

Cannabis in these countries remains illegal in all forms. Several cities (such as Bordeaux) offer permits for home cultivation in licensed apartments; however, these may only be obtained if the applicant pays upfront costs of €100,000 annually.

10. Brazil, Colombia

Cannabis is illegal in these countries, including for medicinal and recreational purposes. An increasing number of municipalities in Brazil have recently begun issuing business licenses for the production, distribution, and consumption of cannabis for medical purposes. Still, these remain controversial due to their lack of regulation and oversight.

What are the benefits of legalizing marijuana? Is Canada the leader in regulating cannabis?

Cannabis has long been controversial due to its links to crime and drug abuse. The legalization of cannabis has led to increased demand for the plant and various economic opportunities.

Legalization has allowed the country to take steps toward improving its economy. While some states don’t allow the sale or production of cannabis, other countries are taking steps toward reforming cannabis laws.

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