World Map of Cannabis Legality

This interactive global map shows the legal status of cannabis by country. Learn which countries have legalized or decriminalized cannabis, and which countries have the strictest anti-cannabis laws. Hover over any country to for details.


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Countries with Most Permissive Cannabis Laws

The following countries have passed regulations to legalize or decriminalize recreational cannabis use.

Canada

Canada – Cannabis is legal for both medical and recreational purposes, with production and sales regulated by the government.

Switzerland

Switzerland – Decriminalized recreationally & medically legal. Additionally, a trial version of a legal recreational marijuana market was launched in May 2021.

Uruguay

Uruguay – First country to fully legalize marijuana for recreational purposes.

South Africa

South Africa – Private use and private cultivation decriminalized since 2018.

Jamaica

Jamaica – Decriminalized since 2015, and in 2018 the first medical cannabis dispensary opened.

Georgia

Georgia – Legal for possession and consumption both recreationally and medically, but illegal for sale.

Mexico

As of June 2021, cannabis is legal for private, recreational use in Mexico.

Countries with Most Restrictive Cannabis Laws

The following countries have the most strict laws regarding cannabis use, where even small amounts are punishable by jail time (or worse).

United Arab Emirates

United Arab Emirates – Illegal. Even small amounts subject to jail time.

Indonesia

Indonesia – Illegal. Possession is subject to a minimum sentence of four years in prison.

Japan

Japan – THC is completely illegal, and use and possession are punishable by up to 5 years imprisonment and a fine.

Singapore

Singapore – Illegal and strictly enforced. Trafficking cannabis is punishable by death.

Saudi Arabia

Saudi Arabia – Illegal. Use and possession for personal use of any kind of recreational drugs is punishable by imprisonment if caught.

For more information see our guide to Where in the World is Weed Legal?