After the California outlaw the consumption of cannabis. Many researchers conduct the side effects of over using it and they found out withdrawal symptoms and addiction. In 1996, California also became the first state to approve the medical use of marijuana, despite federal bans remaining on the books. Initial approval was restricted to the treatment of AIDs, cancer, muscular spasticity, migraines, and several other disorders. In November 1998, Alaska, Oregon and Washington passed legislation to legalize medical marijuana. Maine and Hawaii soon followed after. In 2008, the highest result from testing cannabis sample was 37% THC. Medical marijuana begins to be approved, state by state. In May 2012, Connecticut became the seventeenth state to legalize the use of medical marijuana. But then again many countries have different views on how they will treat cannabis. These are the following countries that legalized or decriminalized the consumption of it.
Decriminalized for personal use in small amounts in the Australian Capital Territory, South Australia, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. It is a criminal offence in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania. Enforcement varies from state to state, though a criminal conviction for possession of a small amount is unlikely and diversion programs in these states aim to divert offenders into education, assessment and treatment programs.
De facto legal – While technically illegal, the use of cannabis is widespread among the Khmer people and foreigners visiting the country. Marijuana can easily be purchased and smoked in public areas without the threat of arrest. Many “Happy” restaurants located in Phnom Penh, Siem Reap and Sihanoukville publicly offer food cooked with marijuana, or as a side garnish.
Legal for medical and industrial use with a government issued license.
Since 1994, cannabis has been decriminalized for possession of small amounts up to 22 gram for personal consumption, however sale and cultivation remains illegal.
- Czech Republic
Medical use of cannabis on prescription has been legal and regulated since the 1 April 2013.
Possession is not illegal, defined by law 108.
Sale o f bhang (local name of it) is legal in government authorized shops. It is observe in some certain hindi rituals. Many states such as West Bengal, Tripura, and the North East have their own laws allowing cannabis, locally known as ganja.
Cannabis products are only sold openly in certain local “coffee shops”, other types of sales and possession are not permitted.
There are no criminal charges if the amount possessed for any drug is no more than an estimated ten days’ supply of the substance (25g for weed, 5g for hash and 2.5g for THC oil). In 2001, Portugal became the first country in the world to decriminalize the use of all drugs, and started treating drug users as sick people, instead of criminals, although you can be arrested or assigned mandatory rehab if caught several times in possession.
As of 1 January 2012, the cantons Vaud, Neuchâtel, Geneva and Fribourg have allowed the growing and cultivation of up to 4 cannabis plants per person, in an attempt to curb illegal street trafficking.
Possession for personal use not penalized; law does not specify quantity for “personal amount.
- North Korea
The growth, sale and consumption of cannabis is not regulated by the North Korean government or classified as a drug.
In the US, the decision of legalizing marijuana is subdivided by sates so these are the 18 states and DC:
- Alaska 1 oz. usable
- Arizona 5 oz usable
- California 8 oz usable
- Colorado 2 oz usable
- Connecticut depends on the necessary amount needed during medication time period
- District of Columbia 2 oz usable
- Delaware 6 oz usable
- Hawaii 3 oz usable
- Maine 2.5 oz usable
- Massachusetts 5 oz usable
- Montana 1 oz usable
- Nevada 1 oz usable
- New Jersey 2 oz usable
- New Mexico 6 oz usable
- Oregon 24 oz usable
- Rhode Island 2.5 oz usable
- Vermont 2 oz usable
- Washington 24 oz usable
Note: Proof of residency required of the 16 states to be considered a qualifying patient for medical marijuana.
As you can observe still many countries and states appreciates and practice the right way of using marijuana it is because this plant is already attached to every cultures since then.