Where in the world can you legally smoke cannabis? – Radio 1

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By Emma Brant
Newsbeat reporter
  • 30 October 2014
  • From the section Health

The government says its drugs policy will not change following a Home Office report which found tough laws do not appear to cut abuse.

The Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg wants a change to focus on treatment and not punishment.

MPs have been separately discussing why legalising some drugs could outweigh associated health risks.

We look at how other countries around the world deal with the issues of drug abuse.

So where in the world is it legal to smoke marijuana?


Colombia: Small amounts of up to 22 grams are OK for personal consumption. However, selling it remains illegal. You are allowed to grow up to 20 plants for personal use.

Costa Rica: It’s a bit of a grey area. Cannabis is illegal but there’s widespread smoking throughout the country. Police officers do not arrest people carrying enough for personal consumption, yet no amount has been outlined as a minimum for possession.

Czech republic: Possession of up to 15 grams for personal use or growing up to five plants is a police caution. Medical use of the drug on prescription has been legal since April 2013.

Ecuador: Having a small stash of under 10 grams for personal use is legal.

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Jamaica: Growing, selling and using cannabis is illegal. However, the government passed a motion in 2013 to decriminalise the drug if a person was found with …read more

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