Without a doubt, weed is the most popular drug in the world after caffeine and alcohol. When you’re at home, you know where to get your marijuana.
But, what about if you’re an avid traveler? How can you find a place to smoke weed legally when you’re traveling abroad?
There are numerous countries with decriminalized marijuana use and legalized weed sales. Check out our list of safe places to smoke pot when you’re abroad. Let’s go!
On October 17, 2018, Canada announced the legalization of recreational marijuana.
This was a federal law. But Canada is divided into provinces, which will determine the terms of distribution and sale of marijuana.
It seems the government won’t be promoting the use of marijuana. But they’re no longer going to stand in your way.
Personal use of marijuana for recreational purposes is permitted under Mexican law. But, you shouldn’t be carrying amounts of marijuana in less than 5 grams.
Be aware that it is illegal to cultivate or sell weed. And yet, there appears to be growing support for the legalization of marijuana to combat drug-related violence.
3. Costa Rica
In Costa Rica, it is actually illegal to smoke pot. But, it’s important to know that if caught it does not carry any legal penalties.
Therefore, you will find it is quite common to smoke weed in Costa Rica, even in public places.
Weed was decriminalized in Jamaica in 2015.
The most famous son of Jamacia? The Rastafari Bob Marley is also known for his love of pot. You can smoke weed here without any consequences.
While some countries are debating whether to legalize marijuana or not, in 2017 Argentina introduced legislation to provide medical marijuana free of charge.
What about recreational marijuana?
The private consumption of weed has been legal since 2009. Many adults smoke pot in public places, too.
In Colombia, you are allowed to carry up to 20 grams of marijuana for personal use alone. But, it remains a criminal offense to sell or grow weed.
Since drug violence has plagued recent Colombian history so much, many people see weed as a much worse substance than other drugs, notably cocaine.
Don’t exceed over 10 grams of marijuana for personal use and you’ll stay on the right side of the law in Ecuador. It is highly illegal to cultivate or sell the plant, though.
You are permitted to smoke pot in Peru. But it’s probably best to stick to your private home or someone else’s home.
In Uruguay, smoking marijuana is very popular.
In 2013, Uruguay became the first country in the world to legalize marijuana. You’re even allowed to grow up to six plants.
You’re supposed to register with the government if you want to either grow, sell, or buy weed. You can also purchase weed in pharmacies. You can learn more about buying weed here.
If you’re in a restaurant in Cambodia and you come across a dish marked ‘Happy’, it’s probably got weed in it.
Marijuana consumption is actually illegal in Cambodia. And yet, it’s common and culturally acceptable to smoke in public and private.
Similar to its neighbor Cambodia, marijuana consumption is also illegal in Laos where you’ll also find ‘happy’ dishes.
It’s worth considering being careful picking up weed in Laos, though.
If you’re carrying or buying less than 3 grams of marijuana, it’s legal to consume for personal use.
But, don’t shout about it. You should stick to your private home if you want to light up in this European country.
Definitely, do not be found either selling or cultivating marijuana in Italy. You can get away with a small amount of marijuana for personal use, though.
Many people have commented on the strange loopholes in Italian law around marijuana.
14. The Netherlands
Marijuana is decriminalized in the Netherlands for personal use and has been for many decades.
You can head down to the famous ‘coffee shops’ of Amsterdam to enjoy smoking pot and eating brownies.
Portugal not only decriminalized marijuana but all drugs in 2001.
You can no longer be given a prison sentence for any drug-related crime. However, you may be handed a fine or drug abuse treatment.
If you want to stay out of trouble, don’t carry more than 25 grams of marijuana during your time in Portugal.
It is legal to cultivate and consume marijuana for personal use in Spain. It is also worth noting that cannabis clubs are commonplace in Spain.
In 2017, Catalonia (such as Barcelona) a region of Spain, decriminalized for personal use. So you’re permitted to smoke in public without encountering legal problems.
If you want to smoke pot in Switzerland, then you can in small amounts alone. In fact, even supermarkets are selling marijuana to customers.
There is also a push for greater measures to legalize cannabis in Switzerland. But as of yet, stick to personal and private use of weed here.
18. The Czech Republic
It is decriminalized in the central European nation to carry up to 15 grams of marijuana. So that should probably be enough if you’re stopping over on your inter-rail trip.
Moreover, medical marijuana use has been legal here since 2010. But it’s worth noting that weed is pretty expensive here.
You may be surprised to know that Russia is not strict on weed. You can possess up to 6 grams.
In the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the Russian government permitted football fans to bring their medical marijuana with them.
Australia is a leader in making medical marijuana legal, which has been legal in the country for a couple of years now.
And yet, marijuana consumption for other uses is not legal. But, it is decriminalized in most of the country.
A place to Smoke Weed?
Now you know how to find a place to smoke weed wherever you go on your travels. Before you light up, it’s important to know the law and culture of the country you’re in.
Do you know of any countries we’ve missed? Leave your ideas in the comments below.