The number of states legalizing cannabis for medical and recreational use has increased dramatically over the years. This leaves you wondering which countries in the world have already legalized its use? 

Well as expected, recreational use of cannabis is prohibited in most countries. However, several countries have implemented decriminalization policies, so that possession of cannabis is consider a non-criminal offense. A non-criminal offense falls in te same category as say, a traffic violation.

Despite the progress made by all of these countries to decriminalize and legalize cannabis, there are several other countries where its use is still strictly prohibited. For example there're several Asian and Middle Eastern countries where possession of even 1oz of cannabis is punisheable by imprisonment for several years.

 


So which countries have legalized the recreational use of Cannabis?

Only about 8 Countries around the world have actually legalize the use of Cannabis for recreational purposes, the rest have either decriminalized its use and/or legalize the use of Medical cannabis. In December 2013, Uruguay became the first country in the modern era to fully legalize cannabis.

Then, in 2018 Gergia became the first former-communist state to fully legaize its use, followed by  South Africa, and Canada. Three years later in 2021, two more countries joined the club. In July of that year, Mexico fully legalized cannabis for recreational use followed by Manta short after. Interestengly, Malta became the first EU country to legalize the use recreational cannabis. 

So far, there is Uruguay, Georgia, Canada, Mexico, and Malta. Then, there is the United States, where only 18 states, 2 territories, and the Disctict of Columbia have legalize the recreational use of cannabis. Another od ball is Australia, where recreational use is only legal in the Australian Capital Territory, in the rest of the Country, cannabis has only been decriminalized and medical cannabis is legal at the Federal level. 

The sale of recreational cannabis is now legal nationwide in two countries (Canada and Uruguay) as well as in all subnational U.S. jurisdictions where possesion has been legalized, with the exception of Washington, D.C. Some countries have adopted a limited enforcement policy, such as the Netherlands where only licensed coffee shops are allowed to sell cannabis. 

 

Countries where the recreational use of cannabis is illegal, but decriminlized

Countries where recreational use of cannabis is illegal, but yet decriminalized include: Antigua and Barmuda, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Belize, Bermuda, Bolivia, Cambodia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominica, Ecuador, , Estonia, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Luxembourg, Moldova, Paraguay, Portugal, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts and Nevis, Slovenia, spain, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago.