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.