Marijuana Laws Around the World

So in the United States, there are so many issues with marijuana being legalized? This is why some states it is illegal completely, other states have it legal, only in the medical sense, and other states, like Colorado, have it completely legalized. What about the rest of the world? What are their laws on marijuana? Well, here I am going to tell you about some of them.


It is legal for medical and scientific reasons. Any persons in the Australian Capital and Northern Territory can legally grow one or two non-hydroponic plants for personal use. They may be grown on their own property. In the Northern Territory instead of being charged as a criminal, they will give you 28 days jail time, and a $200 fine. In Australia hydroponically grown cannabis is considered commercial quantity, but legal to grow non-hydroponic cannabis is certain areas. Their laws change state to state just like the United States.


Jane Philpott, the Health Minister of Canada announced that in the spring of 2018 a new legislation on marijuana to be regulated and legalized. At the moment it is used for medical purposes, and again just like the United States laws differ from province to province.


Anything having to do with cannabis in France and 100% illegal. You cannot grow, own or even consume marijuana in France. However, in June of 2013, they allow the sale of medications that include cannabis derivatives.


Is allowed to be used for medical purposes in Germany, but the recreational use of marijuana is legal, but considered as self-harm and not considered a crime. It is only legal to those with a prescription or if you have permission from the “Federal Institute for Drugs and Medical Devices”.


The use of marijuana in Italy is usually decriminalized when it is a legal medical use and/or for religious use. Obtaining small amounts of marijuana for personal use is only a misdemeanor and can end in fine and suspension of passport or driver’s license. If you sell marijuana, it is illegal and is likely for you to end up in prison. Medical and industrial use of marijuana is strategically watched and regulated!


Marijuana is strictly illegal in Japan. It has been restricted since 1948. They have very strict laws on marijuana as possession and use can get you up to five years in prison. Transport, cultivation, and sale get you from seven to ten years, plus a hefty fine. Bottom line, don’t get caught with anything marijuana in Japan.

There are a lot of countries all over the world that still have the use, sale, transport, and cultivation of marijuana illegal. These were just a few that have a few different standards on the laws of marijuana in their territories. Here are a few places the use of marijuana at all is still completely illegal:

  • Slovakia
  • South Korea
  • Romania
  • New Zealand
  • Malaysia
  • Laos
  • Indonesia
  • Iceland
  • Hong Kong

These were just a few that is completely illegal, and some could even result in the death penalty if caught with marijuana. This was just to tell you some of the many marijuana laws around the world today.