Where is cannabis legal and which countries have the harshest penalties for using marijuana? All you need to know
Prison time, hard labour and DEATH are among the most severe penalties
By: Sophie Roberts – The SUN UK – April 19, 2017
WHETHER or not cannabis should be legalised is a debate has raged on for decades.
With Weed Day fast approaching, there’s no doubt that protesters will continue to fight for the decriminalisation of the drug.
So are there any places that marijuana use is decriminalised and where can smoking a spliff lead to the death penalty?
Here’s everything you need to know about cannabis and the law…
Where is marijuana legal?
Even though the majority of nations have banned it, a significant number will not prosecute for the personal use of cannabis.
In Australia, Puerto Rico, Poland, Czech Republic, Canada, Croatia and Macedonia it is legal for medicinal purposes in some form, and in Turkey for the cultivation for the same purpose.
In Uruguay, Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington in the US, Spain, Slovenia, Netherlands, Jamaica, Columbia and Chile it is legal or decriminalised in some form.
Where are the harshest marijuana laws in the world?
In Japan, the Cannabis Control Law can dish out a five year prison sentence for smoking a single joint… along with hard labour.
Similar sentences are dished out for possession in Malaysia and Indonesia.
While weed smokers in the Philippines aren’t immediately thrown in jail, if you’re caught with the drug you are sent to rehab for at least six months.
Repeat offenders can face a prison sentence for between six and twelve years.
If you thought these punishments were harsh, they’re nothing compared to the penalty given to those who deal the drug.
Those caught trafficking or selling marijuana (even in small quantities) can be sentenced to DEATH in the UAE, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines.
In 2012, an unnamed Brit, 21, faced capital punishment in Abu Dhabi for dealing 20g of the weed worth £262.
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