Marijuana is primarily used for recreational or medicinal purposes. In some cultures around the world it's used as part of religious or spiritual rites and is legal, specifically for that purpose.
The earliest recorded use of marijuana dates back to the 3rd millennium BC. Since the early 20th century cannabis has been subject to legal restrictions with the possession, use, and sale of cannabis preparations containing psychoactive cannabinoids currently illegal in most countries of the world.
The United Nations has said that cannabis is the most-used illicit drug in the world. In 2004, the United Nations estimated that global consumption of cannabis indicated that approximately 4% of the adult world population (162 million people) used cannabis annually, and that approximately 0.6% (22.5 million) of people used cannabis daily.
The penalties for marijuana possession range from a fine, up to 8-years in prison. The attached list details the specifics of each country's laws and punishment.
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"Marijuana Movement: A look at marijuana laws worldwide"
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