Most people know about the famous Holland relaxed laws on marijuana (which is why it is not in the list below!) While no other country has reached such high profile recognition for making marijuana legal, a number of places around the world have quietly relaxed their laws concerning possession for personal use. In most countries, possession still remains technically illegal but the penalties do not apply if you are within certain guidelines - this is known as decriminalization.
So if you live in a country where marijuana possession is not punished by the law sounds like heaven, here are five places you should consider emigrating !
Argentina After a recent court debate about whether or not to punish those who buy and grow marijuana, Argentina Indeed, if marijuana is legal in small quantities for personal use. A leading judge in Argentina even decided that it was “unconstitutional” to legislate against marijuana possession! Those who buy marijuana seeds and grow their own are also leniently treated, provided they are growing a few plants. The country is also in support of various programs of medical marijuana.
Before you go booking a one way ticket to Sydney, be sure to do your research. Different regions have different rules, but Western Australia, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Queensland have decriminalized marijuana to some degree. In Tasmania, Victoria and Queensland, police have taken to “tickets” to those caught with less than 50 grams of marijuana rather than arresting, and Western and Southern Australia have instituted in the place of fines for minor rather than possession of official warnings or arrests.
Since 2003, the Belgian Government has made the possession and use of marijuana legal under the following conditions: < br />
? The amount you have is 5 grams or less
? You are older than 18 years
? Do not smoke in the presence of minors
? You do not smoke in public
can buy marijuana seeds and grow in Belgium without penalty - however, only allows the ownership of a female plant. The purchase and sale of marijuana remains illegal, but most Belgians simply their marijuana in Holland.
Colombia Colombia, has relaxed laws concerning drug possession for over ten years. Possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, one gram of cocaine and one gram of heroin is not considered illegal, although things may change - recent conservative governments have considered repealing this law to combat drugs in Colombia culture.
Unlike other countries in this list, Nepal does not have an actual policy toward the decriminalization of marijuana - is rather that laws have been applied almost never! Marijuana was legal in Nepal, making it a hippy Mecca in the 1960s and early 70s. It has been illegal since 1973 - there was no warning. Marijuana is widely available and used, especially by Nepalese holy men. Note that smuggling and growing are punished, but possession and personal use rarely are - if the police catch who quit, but only to collect a small bribe!
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