Around 30 nations have legalized the substance for medical use, including the majority of EU members.
On Wednesday, Germany joined the movement to legalize cannabis by announcing intentions to allow both its production and recreational use.
Across the Atlantic, dozens of US states, including California, Canada, and Uruguay have already amended their laws to permit smoking in the previous ten years.
The majority of the members of the European Union are among the 30 or so nations that have legalized the medication for medical use.
Here is a summary:
MALTA: Malta legalized recreational Cannabis in December 2021, making it possible for people to possess up to seven grams of the drug and to cultivate up to four plants at home. This became Malta the first member of the EU to do so. However, users are not allowed to smoke a joint in front of a child or public.
LUXEMBOURG: In June, the government of Luxembourg published measures that would legalize the personal cultivation of up to four cannabis plants, decriminalize public marijuana use and possession, and replace criminal penalties with on-the-spot fines.
NETHERLANDS: Cannabis has been sold and used at Amsterdam’s famed coffee cafes since 1976, but growing the plant is still prohibited in the Netherlands as a whole.
SPAIN: While growing Cannabis at home for personal use is permitted, selling it or using it in public is not.
PORTUGAL: Portugal decriminalized the use and possession of all drugs in 2001, but users are still subject to penalties unless they agree to get addiction treatment.
US: Federal US legislation forbids the growth, sale, and use of cannabis. However, a seismic shift in the law over the past ten years has seen the legalization of cannabis for recreational use in 18 states, including California and the nation’s capital, Washington, DC.
President Joe Biden released thousands of Americans found guilty of cannabis possession in October 2022.
CANADA: After Uruguay, Canada became the first G7 major economy to legalize cannabis for recreational use in 2018.
The law places a cap on personal possession at 30 grams and four plants per household.
URUGUAY: In 2013, Uruguay became the first nation to legalize the cultivation, trade, and use of cannabis. Residents can join cannabis clubs where members take care of the plants together or purchase up to 40 grams of Cannabis per month from pharmacies, cultivate it themselves, or buy it.
MEXICO: In June 2021, Mexico’s Supreme Court legalized recreational Cannabis usage.
SOUTH AFRICA: The country’s highest court declared adult cannabis usage to be lawful in 2018 in South Africa.