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Romania – Illegal

The Narcotic Drug Regulations in Romania controls marijuana and its derivatives. Cannabis is illegal and so with any related actions such as growing, selling and trafficking. Penalty for violators is imprisonment for 6 months up to 5 years and a fine. Anyone caught in possession of marijuana may be arrested for possible jail time

Czech Republic
Possession of up to 15 grams for personal use has been decriminalized, while medical use on prescription has been legal and regulated since 2013.

Selling cannabis in Croatia is punishable by a mandatory prison sentence of three years—so that’s out, but possessing a small amount of the drug is only met with a light fine.

Costa Rica
A de facto decriminalization policy of possession has been upheld throughout the country, and there’s no minimum or maximum amount assigned as of yet. Just another nugget of gold from the chill country that has sloths and sharks on its money.

Pot has actually been decriminalized in Columbia since 1994 and up to 22 grams is fine under the eyes of the law. However, if you’re caught with over 20 plants—which is a bit much—you will have to face some unpleasant music.

Residents can possess up to one ounce of pot, while non-residents only get a measly quarter to hold them over until their phony CO license comes in the mail. While you can literally walk into a store to pick up, most dispensaries limit customers to one transaction a day.

You have to try really hard to get in trouble for anything in Canada. The least of which is smoking weed. You can probably walk down their one highway smoking a joint, playing Springsteen, and shouting “USA! USA!” and all that’ll happen is a passerby will likely offer you a ride.

The use of weed is widespread among the Khmer people and foreigners alike—there are even places designated as “Happy Restaurants” in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville that publicly offer food cooked with marijuana.

As far as legality, it’s only allowed if you only grow one bedrocan female plant and nothing else. Possession has been made illegal again—so that means you just have to hang on to that one female plant.

If you’re over the age of 21, you can legally possess up to one ounce of marijuana and grow up to six plants as long as it’s in a private and secure location—which is easy, because Alaska is private and secure as a state can be.

Argentina has a lax “to each their own” policy with smoking, however you don’t want to get caught selling, transporting, or cultivating marijuana—but lighting up a bong in the privacy of your home is still totally fine.

Much like the US, Australia has decriminalized weed in some states but opted to keep it a more substantially-punishable offense in others. With their natural proclivity to co-exist with crocs, Russell Crowe, and other nightmarish animals, you’d think they wouldn’t be afraid of a little old fashioned relaxation.


Ten grams is the legal limit in Ecuador, whereas selling, cultivating or transporting the stuff will get you in serious trouble.

Pro-tip: stick to the 7.5 gram possession limit or you’ll end up spending five years in an Estonian jail. Do you want that? Didn’t think so.

Possession for personal use will only get you slapped with a misdemeanor, but the sale of cannabis-based products is punishable by imprisonment—so don’t do that. Marijuana for medical use, on the other hand, is strictly regulated.

You’re probably not shocked to see Jamaica on this list, but you might be shocked to know they just recently decriminalized the stuff. Possession of up to two ounces will only be counted as a petty offense and citizens can now grow up to five plants for use of religious purposes.

Mexico decriminalized weed in 2009 and likely experienced a widespread piñata shortage shortly after, when everyone stopped violently hitting them with bats and instead just ate all the candy beforehand.

Pot is nothing new to Nepal. They’ve used the plant for centuries, mostly in religious rituals that involve either drinking an infused beverage, smoking the buds, or harvesting and smoking the resin (hash).

Fully legal in designated smoking areas (those coffee shops you always hear about), weed is almost legal across the board, but selling and transporting the stuff will cause problems.

North Korea
Surprised? We are too. The famously hermetic country has a shockingly liberal stance on marijuana. You can quite literally walk into a grocery store and pick up a bag of weed (if they have it) and then smoke it to your heart’s content. All fun and games until you remember you’re in North Korea.

Beginning on July 1, 2015, Oregon residents will be allowed to possess, use, and cultivate marijuana without the fuzz breathing down their necks, which raises the question—are there any rules in Oregon?

Pakistan is tricky, because the “legality” relies on the laziness of the local police force—while it’s illegal to posses pot, it’s widely tolerated. However, cultivating marijuana has been decriminalized, which explains the large tracts of cannabis growing freely throughout the country.

You can grow it. You can drive around with it. You can smoke it. Hell, you can do whatever you want with it. Except sell it. Definitely don’t do that.

The Peter Tosh of countries, Portugal became the first nation in the world to legalize all drugs in 2001. Every single one. You‘re allowed carry 25 grams of weed on you at all times, and that weighs in at almost a full ounce. That’s a lot of green.

Of course you can smoke pot in Russia. Haven’t you seen Putin? That guy’s always rocking an illegal smile and suspiciously squinted eyes. Just make sure you don’t have more than six grams, or you’ll totally go to Siberia.

Referred to as the “new Amsterdam,” Spain boasts about 500 “cannabis clubs” and has made it totally legal to grow and smoke weed in the comfort of your nag champa-scented home.

In an effort to curb illegal buying, the Swiss are generously allowing cultivation of up to four marijuana plants per person. And an indoor plant can yield around two pounds of herb alone, making the quality of life not the only thing that’s super high in Switzerland.

It’s fully illegal to sell pot—don’t do that in the Ukraine. However, possessing up to five grams or ten plants is A-OK.

Uruguayan president, Jose Mujica, has completely legalized pot. While Mujica hasn’t yet specified certain amounts or mandated any rules on transporting or selling, you do have to be over the age of 18 to buy it.

Washington DC
While the “limit” is a sky-high two ounces, you’re not allowed to smoke on federal property—meaning you cannot walk up to Obama’s bedroom and pass him a jay. But don’t worry. He’s already got one.

Washington State
You need to buy a $250 license application fee before you even think about producing or retailing weed at home, but—once you legally obtain your bud—there’s no issue with smoking at home.