View attachment 30656 Spending the holidays abroad but not sure if you can light up your joint on foreign grounds? We understand. Almost no country treats smoking cannabis the same way.
Recreational marijuana use has long been the subject of heated debate, and laws regulating cannabis
consumption vary greatly from country to country. Hey, even from state to state. In some countries smoking weed can come at a heavy price, ranging from execution (United Arab Emirates) to a few years in prison (Japan). Other countries, for instance Canada, see less harm in an occasional joint and allow their citizens to possess small amounts of cannabis.
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Since 1976, The Netherlands has been at the forefront of drug law reform after drawing a line between hard and soft drugs. Today, cannabis is sold in limited amounts in “coffee shops” in Amsterdam.
Caption: In this June 15, 2008 file photo, pre-rolled joints are seen on an english language menu listing the variety of hash and marijuana on sale at The Green House coffee shop in
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Drug laws in Peru are generally relaxed. Individuals are allowed to have up to 8 grams of cannabis in their possession as long it they don't possess another drug.
Caption: A worker inspects a marijuana plant at a grow house in Denver, on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
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As one of the most weed-tolerant countries in Europe, Germany allows the possession of up to 6 grams of cannabis. In some cities, such as Berlin, the limit is up to 10 grams.
Caption: A participant attends "Hemp Parade 2012" on Saturday, August 11, 2012, in Berlin, Germany. (Clemens Bilan/DAPD/AP)
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In 2009, Argentina's Supreme Court legalized the private use of marijuana in small amounts, ruling that it would be 'unconstitutional' to ban it.
Caption: A man holds a cannabis plant during a demonstration for the legalization of cannabis at Plaza de Mayo square in Buenos Aires on May 7, 2011. (JUAN MABROMATA/AFP/Getty Images)
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In Cyprus, it is legal to possess up to 15 grams of marijuana and 5 plants.
Caption: Marijuana plants flourish under the lights at a grow house in Denver, on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski)
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Mexico passed a law in 2009, decriminalizing possession of small amounts of all major narcotics, including marijuana, cocaine, heroin, ecstasy and crystal meth.
Caption: A man smokes a joint or marijuana cigarette during a march in favor of the legalization of marijuana in Mexico City, Saturday, May 5, 2012. (AP Photo/Marco Ugarte)
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Some states in Australia -- including Australian Capital Territory, Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia--, allow the personal consumption of weed in small amounts. It is strictly forbidden in other states.
Caption: Richard Friar looks after a plantation of about 500 hemp plants at the northern beaches in Sydney. The plantation is part of a pilot project to commercialise the harvest. (Photo by Steven Siewert/Sydney Morning Herald/Fairfax Media v
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Switzerland took steps to ease marijuana laws in 2000. While sales are still banned, the 4 cantons Vaud, Neuchatel, Geneva and Fribourg, announced that the cultivation and consumption of up to 4 plants per person is legal according to a law passed in January 2012.
Caption: Young people making party and smoking a marihuana joint at Lake Geneva with the yachting harbour on April 28, 2010 in Geneva,
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In July, Colombia's Constitutional Court ruled in favor of a state-backed proposal to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of cocaine and marijuana for personal use. Under the new proposal, anyone caught with less than 20 grams of marijuana or one gram of cocaine will not be prosecuted or detained.
Caption: A man shows a type of marijuana at a farm near Medellin, Antioquia department,
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The Spanish decriminalisation policy tolerates the "personal possession of 2 plants and has allowed the creation of more than 300 cannabis co-operatives."
Caption: Carlos Yerbes, member of the le Private Cannabis club, poses next to a wooden box with marijuana on November 30, 2010 in Madrid. (DOMINIQUE FAGET/AFP/Getty Images)
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Belgium was one of the first countries to create a legal distinction between "possession of cannabis for personal use and other types of drug offenses". According to the law, adult individuals can carry up to 3 grams of cannabis.
Caption: In this Friday April 20, 2012 file photo a protestor from Belgium with a marijuana leaf painted on his face smokes a marijuana joint in Amsterdam during a protest against a government
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Drug possession was decriminalized in the Czech Republic in 2010, after research found that the penalization of drugs had not only increased the drug use rates in the country, but had also failed to curb the availability of illicit drugs.
Caption: A young Czech demonstrator protests on the Letenska field during a march calling for the legalization of marijuana in central Prague, Czech Republic, 05 May 2007. (MICHAL
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In Chile, individuals can only consume cannabis in small quantities, on private property, and alone.
Caption: A man touches marijuana plants at a farm near Medellin, Antioquia department, Colombia on October 3 , 2012. (RAUL ARBOLEDA/AFP/GettyImages)
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Brazil decriminalized possession of drugs for personal use as part of major drug law revisions in 2006.
Caption: A man holds a Bible emblazoned with an image of a cannabis leaf during a march in favor of the legalization of marijuana in Sao Paulo, Brazil, Saturday, May 19, 2012. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
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If an individual is found to have no more than 10 grams of cannabis in Paraguay, he or she will not be punished criminally or administratively, unless the court determines that the person is addicted to drugs.
Caption: In this Oct. 25, 2012 photo, soldiers stand in a marijuana plantation found during a reconnaissance mission before burning the plants near the town of Lombardia in Michoacan state,
The consumption of cannabis beyond medical purposes is allowed in only two U.S. states: Washington and Colorado.
Caption: Supporters of legalized marijuana light up at exactly 4:20 p.m. in Civic Center Park April 20, 2012 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Marc Piscotty/Getty Images)