When it comes to cannabis, every country has its own special relationship with the herb. Acceptance of marijuana ranges from “we respect your right to partake” to “we’re sentencing you to life in prison.”
Everybody knows Amsterdam is cool with the ganja. Ok, technically cannabis is illegal in the Netherlands, but we’ll get into the nitty-gritty on that later. But did you know you can smoke, sell, and cultivate cannabis in North Korea? Yeah. Weird, right?
We knew you’d want to know more because “where is weed legal” is one of the most frequently searched cannabis-related phrases in Google. So, pack a bowl (if you’re in a legal state or country), sit back, and enjoy our deep dive into marijuana legality around the globe.*
Toking up around the world
Uruguay was the first country to legalize marijuana in 2013. Residents are free to cultivate, consume, and distribute cannabis without punishment and the country recently allowed the sale of cannabis in local pharmacies. Tourists, however, need to be in tight with a resident to get their hands on the green