World Map of Cannabis Legality

Author: Toni Allen | Last update: April 19, 2023

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 for details.

Hover over any country to for details.

For more detailed information see our guide to Where is Weed Legal?

Countries with Most Permissive Cannabis Laws

The countries with the most permissive cannabis laws include Canada, Uruguay, Thailand, South Africa, Georgia, Jamaica, Switzerland and Mexico. The following details these countries which have passed regulations to legalize or decriminalize recreational cannabis use.


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


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


Thailand – Legalized cannabis on June 9, 2022. Possession, cultivation, distribution, and sales are legal and regulated.

South Africa

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


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


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


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


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


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


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

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