Marijuana is illegal to smoke in many countries. There are hefty penalties that apply if found in possession of marijuana, ranging from fines to serving jail time. However, there are countries where citizens can buy and/or sell medical marijuana. To give you a heads up, here are 8 countries where the use of marijuana is legal.


This is a country where foreigners and Khmer people practice marijuana smoking. In Cambodia, there are many designated places and restaurants in Siem Reap, Phnom Penh, and Sihanoukville. Marijuana is also served in drinks or food.


In Canada, the use of medical marijuana is legalized, but the selling of this drug is illegal. Presently, the country is working on legalizing recreational marijuana. However, many people do not know that some cities have regulated and legalized smoking of cannabis.

Czech Republic

Laws regarding marijuana in this country are more flexible compared to other nations. Marijuana use is legal for medicinal purposes. Drug laws in the Czech Republic consider smoking of marijuana legal; it is only illegal if you are caught in possession of this drug in large quantities more than 15 grams.


In Portugal, marijuana smoking is legal for as long as you’re not in possession of more than a ten-day supply. Laws prohibit selling and transporting of marijuana, but you can grow it on your compound. It is easy to buy marijuana for medicinal purposes through over-the-counter in pharmacies.


In 2013, Switzerland made it legal for persons over the age of 18 to possess less than 10 grams of marijuana. However, if you are found smoking this drug in public, then you will have to pay a fine of $110 and no other action is taken.


It is legal to smoke marijuana privately in Spain. But if you are found smoking marijuana in public areas, then you get to pay a fine of around $330 and no jail time. Selling or transporting marijuana in Spain is illegal, though you are likely to find clubs where you can smoke this drug freely. However, the Spanish government limits membership only to the residents.


This is one of the many South American countries having laws in favor of smoking, selling, and buying of marijuana. Uruguay legalized the consumption of marijuana back 2014. However, there are three ways that you are able to access marijuana; either you buy it at a pharmacy, grow it in your home, and/or join an existing club or organization of marijuana users.


Smoking, selling, and buying of marijuana is decriminalized in this country. This is one of the major reasons why tourists who smoke pot flock to this great nation. Marijuana is sold at coffeeshops, and you can consume it as much as you want. However, transporting marijuana will result in punishment by the authorities.

If you are planning to visit the aforementioned countries, it is important to abide by their laws to avoid getting yourself into trouble (like paying a fine or staying in prison). It is also advisable to carry out an extensive research of the place, city, or state that you want to visit so that you will be well-informed while freely enjoying the use of medical marijuana.

Photo “Red-light district (De Wallen) Amsterdam” via Flickr user Bert Kaufman