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.
Hover over any country to for details.
Countries with Most Permissive Cannabis Laws
The following countries 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.
Switzerland – Decriminalized recreationally & medically legal. Additionally, a trial version of a legal recreational marijuana market was launched in May 2021.
Uruguay – First country to fully legalize marijuana for recreational purposes.
South Africa – Private use and private cultivation decriminalized since 2018.
Jamaica – Decriminalized since 2015, and in 2018 the first medical cannabis dispensary opened.
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 – 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?