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Marijuana Movement: A look at marijuana laws worldwide part 3 of 5

Marijuana Movement: A look at marijuana laws worldwide part 3 of 5
Marijuana Movement: A look at marijuana laws worldwide part 3 of 5
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Many countries have decriminalized the possession of small quantities of marijuana, particularly in North America, South America, and Europe.

Possession is legal or effectively legal in the Netherlands, North Korea, and the U.S. states of Washington and Colorado at the state level.

Colorado is the world's first fully regulated recreational cannabis market for adults.

In Colorado, marijuana food products create some concerns related to children ingesting the products. Special packaging would make identification easier for parents, teachers and school administrators. Also, such labeling of edibles would make them more easily identifiable by law enforcement authorities who may stop someone from transporting them to states where they aren't legal.

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.

The series of 5 lists examines the marijuana laws of 92 countries, accompanied by spectacular pictorials.

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"Marijuana Movement: A look at marijuana laws worldwide"

Part one, March, 30th.
Part two, April, 6th.
Part three, April, 13th.
Part four, April, 20th.
Part five, April, 27th.

Indonesia
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Indonesia

Possession-Illegal
Sale-Illegal
Transport-Illegal
Cultivation/Growing-Illegal.

Minimum sentence of four years in prison (additional fines may apply) if caught in possession. However, if the user voluntarily reports himself/herself to the police, or is reported by his/her family, the charges will be dropped in accordance to 2009 Narcotics Act.

India
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India

Possession-Legal (with Gov't Lic)
Sale-Legal (with Gov't Lic)
Transport-Illegal
Cultivation-Growing-Legal (with Gov't Lic).

Used during observance of certain Hindu rituals. Government-owned shops in holy cities like Varanasi sell cannabis in the form of bhang.

Despite the high prevalent usage, the law makes it illegal to possess any form of the psychoactive. However, this law is rarely enforced and treated as a low priority across India.

Large tracts of cannabis grow unchecked in the wild in many parts of northern and southern India in many states such as West Bengal, Tripura, Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Kerala, and Tamilnadu.

Many states such as West Bengal, Tripura, and the North East have their own laws allowing cannabis, locally known as ganja.

Iran
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Iran

Possession-Illegal (decriminalized)
Sale-Legal (Regulated)
Transport-Illegal
Cultivation/Growing-Legal.

Growing cannabis is legal if planted for food purposes as the seeds are eaten by the Iranian people, and companies often draw oil from the seeds which is sold legally. Use of cannabis remains relatively low, at about 2 percent.

Ireland
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Ireland

Possession-Illegal
Sale-Illegal
Transport-Illegal
Cultivation/Growing-Illegal.

In October 2013 a bill was presented to the Irish government by TD Luke 'Ming' Flanagan to legalize Cannabis in the country. However the Cannabis Regulation Bill 2013 was defeated by a margin of 111–8 in Dáil Éireann on 6 November.

Israel
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Israel

Possession-Illegal (decriminalized)
Sale-Illegal
Transport-Illegal
Cultivation/Growing-Illegal.

Very small scale of legal usage of medicinal cannabis. However, personal use is relatively decriminalized with little to no penalties for convicted first time violators.

Italy
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Italy

Possession-Illegal (decriminalized)
Sale-Illegal
Transport-Illegal
Cultivation/Growing-Illegal.

Possession of small amounts for personal use is a misdemeanor subject to fines and the suspension of documents (passports and/or drivers licenses).

The sale of cannabis products is illegal and punishable by imprisonment; cultivation is likewise punishable by imprisonment, even if in small amounts and for exclusive personal use. Licensed cultivation for medical and industrial use is strictly regulated.

Jamaica
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Jamaica

Possession-Illegal (pending decriminalized)
Sale-Illegal (pending decriminalized)
Transport-Illegal
Cultivation/Growing-Illegal.

Cultivation, retail and consumption is illegal. However this is often overlooked and cannabis is sold openly. As of 8 October 2013, the House of Representatives has passed a motion to decriminalise the drug.

Japan
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Japan

Possession-Illegal
Sale-Illegal
Transport-Illegal
Cultivation/Growing-Illegal.

Possession is punishable by up to 5 years in prison. Importing or selling cannabis is punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment and up to 30 million yen.

Jordan
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Jordan

Possession-Illegal
Sale-Illegal
Transport-Illegal
Cultivation/Growing-Illegal.

Possession is illegal and may be punishable by prison-sentence.

Jordan's law enforcement ranked 24th in the world, 4th in the Middle East, in terms of police services' reliability in the Global Competitiveness Report.

Jordan also ranked 13th in the world and 3rd in the Middle East in terms of prevention of organized crime, making it one of the safest countries in the world.

Laos
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Laos

Possession-Illegal
Sale-Illegal
Transport-Illegal
Cultivation/Growing-Illegal

As of 2009, a mandatory death penalty is applied for certain cases.

Latvia
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Latvia

Possession-Illegal
Sale-Illegal
Transport-Illegal
Cultivation/Growing-Illegal.

Cannabis is illegal in Latvia. Possession of larger quantities can be punished with up to 15 years in prison.

Lebanon
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Lebanon

Possession-Illegal
Sale-Illegal
Transport-Illegal
Cultivation/Growing-Illegal.

Possession is illegal. However, large amounts are grown within the country and personal use, as long as not in public is not a major issue.

Lithuania
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Lithuania

Possession-Illegal
Sale-Illegal
Transport-Illegal
Cultivation/Growing-Illegal.

As with all drugs, misdemeanor to possess a small quantity, punished by a fine and arrest of 10-45 days, or restriction of freedom up to 2 years. Crime to possess more than a small quantity, punished by up to 2 years prison.

Level of prosecution:

Less than 5g of herb, 0.25g of resin is a misdemeanor.

Luxembourg
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Luxembourg

Possession-Illegal
Sale-Illegal
Transport-Illegal
Cultivation/Growing-Illegal.

Possession, transportation and consumption are illegal. Prosecution depends on the amount of cannabis one possesses. Since 2001, prison penalty has been substituted by a monetary fine ranging from $250 to $2500.

Macedonia
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Macedonia

Possession-Illegal
Sale-Illegal
Transport-Illegal
Cultivation/Growing-Illegal.

If one possesses a larger amount, a jail sentence of anywhere from three months to five years could possibly be given.

Malaysia
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Malaysia

Possession-Illegal
Sale-Illegal
Transport-Illegal
Cultivation/Growing-Illegal;

Malaysian legislation provides for a mandatory death penalty for convicted drug traffickers. Individuals arrested in possession of 15 grams (1/2 ounce) of heroin or 200 grams (seven ounces) of marijuana are presumed by law to be trafficking in drugs.

Malta
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Malta

Possession-Illegal
Sale-Illegal
Transport-Illegal
Cultivation/Growing-Illegal.

Marijuana falls under (Dangerous Drugs Ordinance) does not specify amounts considered to indicated differences between possession and trafficking (persons with as little as three grams of cannabis have been charged with dealing) and treats all illegal drugs the same.

Penalties for trafficking any illegal drug range between 4-years and a life sentence, and fines. Penalties for possession are between 12 months to ten years imprisonment and fines. Although prosecution is unlikely, the sale and consumption of cannabis is widely found in Malta.

Mexico
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Mexico

Possession-Illegal (decriminalized)
Sale-Illegal
Transport-Illegal
Cultivation/Growing-Illegal.

In August 2009 Mexico decriminalized "personal use" possession of up to five grams of Cannabis. Growing and selling Cannabis is illegal.

Montenegro
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Montenegro

Possession-Illegal
Sale-Illegal
Transport-Illegal
Cultivation/Growing-Illegal.

Anyone who unlawfully produces, processes, sells or offers for sale, or who for the purpose of selling buys, keeps or transports or mediates in the selling or buying, or in some other way unlawfully releases for circulation the substances or preparations pronounced to be marijuana, shall be punished by an imprisonment sentence of two to ten years.