Decriminalized marijuana: Top 10 countries in the world

Interested in decriminalized marijuana? From South America to Europe to the Middle East and back to North America… learn which countries rank highest in legal permission for the personal or medical consumption of marijuana here.

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1. Nederlands Sold in licensed shops

2. Portugal Decriminalized; efforts focus on treatment of drug users

3. Spain Possession, growing and consumption at home legal

4. Argentina Possession legal in quantities for personal use

5. Germany Possession legal in quantities for personal use

6. Ecuador Possession legal in quantities for personal use

7. Belgium Consumption at home legal

8. Canada Decriminalized  for medical use

9. Finland Decriminalized  for medical use

10. Israel Decriminalized for medical use

Honorable mention: Czech Republic – possession in quantities for personal use is misdemeanor
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Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.


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  1. @Brian, hash is not legal in Denmark, it’s just that mostly the police don’t care about hash, they go after harder stuff. 😉

  2. Thanks for the post, around 90% of the blogs on google were gibberish. Question: do u think websites such as how to roll a joint should get ranked by google for children?

  3. The U.S. doesn’t make the list…by far. Marijuana is federally criminalized as a Schedule I substance under the Controlled Substances Act (CSA). Authorities believe that marijuana has a high potential for abuse, no currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States, and a lack of accepted safety for use of the drug or other substance under medical supervision. Currently, only 13 states have decriminalized marijuana…so that’s a long way to go before marijuana would be considered acceptable in American society. For recent state by state laws, see NORML.

  4. I guess decriminalized in the US does not count because not all 50 states have the same laws, or is it because of federal marijuana laws?

  5. I was in Copenhagen, Denmark this summer – the island of Christiana has an open air pot/hash market. Gigantic blunts as far as the eye can see. It certainly SEEMED decriminalized there.

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