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Marijuana Movement: A look at marijuana laws worldwide part 4 of 5

 Marijuana Movement: A look at marijuana laws worldwide part 4 of 5
Marijuana Movement: A look at marijuana laws worldwide part 4 of 5
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According to Time Magazine, a 2012 study was conducted on the use of medicinal marijuana in killing some cancer cells.

Compounds derived from marijuana can kill cancerous cells in patients with leukemia, according to the study.

The study, published in the Anticancer Research journal, was partially funded by GW Pharmaceuticals, which produces a cannabis-derived drug to help people with multiple sclerosis. Dr. Wai Liu studied six different non-psychoactive cannabinoids (compounds derived from marijuana that don’t get the user high like its THC component does).

He found that certain non-psychoactive cannabinoids “resulted in dramatic reductions in cell viability” and “caused a simultaneous arrest at all phases of the cell cycle,” according to the study summary.

The list details which countries acknowledge the health benefits of marijuana, gives its citizens the freedom to choose, or which countries jail users for up to 8-years on possession charges.

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.

Nepal
Nepal MatNepal.com

Nepal

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

Marijuana and its derivatives, such as Hashish, are widely available throughout Nepal.

Netherlands
Netherlands DotheGreenThing.com

Netherlands

Possession-legal
Sale-Illegal (decriminalized)
Transport-Illegal (except for coffee shops)
Cultivation/Growing-Illegal.

Cannabis products are only sold openly in certain local "coffeeshops" and possession of up to 5 grams for personal use is decriminalized. Other types of sales and transportation are not permitted, although the general legal approach toward cannabis was before decriminalization.

New Zealand
New Zealand WallCoo.net

New Zealand

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

Cultivation, possession or sale of cannabis is illegal.The fruit, seeds, and any other part of the plant are scheduled as Class C substances. Hashish, hash oil, THC, and any other preparations containing THC made by processing the plant are scheduled as Class B substances. In July 2009, a bill promoted by Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei amending the law to permit the use of medicinal cannabis was defeated 84–34 at its first reading, with all members of the ruling National Party voting against it.

North Korea
North Korea YTim.com

North Korea

Possession-Legal (unconfirmed)
Sale-Legal (unconfirmed)
Transport-Legal (unconfirmed)
Cultivation/Growing-Legal (unconfirmed).

Numerous reports and experts state that Cannabis is not treated as an illegal drug by the North Korean government.

It is unclear if Cannabis is actually legal in North Korea, but the use, sale, and cultivation of Cannabis appears to be widespread and conducted openly without prosecution.

However little is certain about Cannabis prosecutions, or lack thereof, in the country.

Norway
Norway BP.BlogSpot.com

Norway

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

Up to 15 grams is considered an amount for personal use, and is punished with a fine of 1500-15000 kroner-($276.00-2,760.00.US) in the case of first-time offenders; possessing more is considered dealing and punished more harshly.

Repeat offenders or dealers face prison charges. It's the same punishment with between 6 months and 2 years for personal use, and between 6 months and 21 years for selling in prison for all narcotics.

Pakistan
Pakistan NationalGeographic.com

Pakistan

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

Laws prohibiting the sale and misuse of cannabis exist, but are very rarely enforced.

As with hash, the occasional use of cannabis in community gatherings is broadly tolerated as a centuries old custom, despite its association with lower-income groups.

The open use of cannabis by Sufis and Hindus as a means to induce euphoria has never been challenged by the state.

Further, large tracts of cannabis grow unchecked in the wild.

Panama
Panama TheFreeDominiation.com

Panama

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

Penalties for possessing, using, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Panama are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines.

Paraguay
Paraguay Destination360.com

Paraguay

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

Paraguay has enacted a new drug law that controls the use of natural and synthetic dangerous drugs including marijuana. Possession of cannabis is punishable by imprisonment, from 1 to 5 years. Growing, selling and trafficking marijuana are punishable by/from one to 5 years in prison but selling pot to minors is penalized 2 to 8 years in jail. Exportation or importation is punishable by imprisonment of 2 to 12 years.

Anyone caught with small amount of weed for personal use may be interned for rehabilitation instead of bringing the person to jail. Cops in Paraguay said that it’s too hard to catch pot growers but arrests for selling and trafficking marijuana are common.

Peru
Peru RondoMondo.com

Peru

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

Possession is not illegal. Possession of under 8 grams is considered personal use and it is legal and not punished.

Philippines
Philippines News.Infiequier.net

Philippines

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

Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002, makes provision for restricted medical use.

Poland
Poland Allposters,com

Poland

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

On 26 May 2011, Poland introduced legislation to terminate the prosecution for possession of small amounts of drugs for personal use.

The law introduces the possibility when a person has negligible amounts of drugs for personal use and is not a dealer. But this is only theory, in practice it's still illegal.

Portugal
Portugal NationalGeographic.com

Portugal

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

In 2001, Portugal became the first country in the world to decriminalize the use of all drugs, and started treating drug users as sick people, instead of criminals, although you can be arrested or assigned mandatory rehab if caught several times in possession.

Puerto Rico-U.S.
Puerto Rico-U.S. GlobalWorksTravel.com

Puerto Rico-U.S.

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

Possession of cannabis is illegal and is punishable by imprisonment of 3 years and a fine during the first offense which increases up to 6 years during the second and succeeding offenses. A penalty by up to 12 years imprisonment and/or a fine of up to $20,000 for the delivery or selling of marijuana.

Romania
Romania ViaOptima.com

Romania

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

Romania was (before 1990) a leader in hemp fiber, second only to China. Possession of small quantities of drug preparations is punishable by a small fine of about $150–200 USD.

Possession of large amounts may result in 3–6 years of jail time, and sale may result in more than 6 years jail time. Decriminalization proposed. Medical use is legal under certain conditions.

Russia
Russia WallPaperWa.com

Russia

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

Possession or transport of up to 6 grams (dry weight) of cannabis or 2 grams of hashish with no sale intent is punishable by fine.

Possession or transport of more than this amount is punishable by prison term.
Cultivation of less than 20 cannabis plants is decriminalized (punishable by fine) since 2010.

Saudi Arabia
Saudi Arabia ConstructionWeekOnline.com

Saudi Arabia

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

Use and possession for personal use of any kind of recreational drugs is punishable by imprisonment if caught. Imprisonment for personal use could go up to six months jail time or more.

Dealing and smuggling of high amounts of drugs usually result in harsher prison time or even execution, although recently executions are rare. Foreigners who use drugs might be deported.

Serbia
Serbia PureTravel.com

Serbia

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

Serbia has not yet decriminalized marijuana. It is still illegal to smoke weed there, cultivate and grow, traffic and purchase it. However, there is a marijuana march in one of the major cities in Serbia each year so they are not really strict in terms of cannabis.

Singapore
Singapore LouiseCroak.com

Singapore

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

Cannabis is a Class A drug under the Misuse of Drugs Act, making it illegal to cultivate, sell or possess.

Slovakia
Slovakia CRPruning.com

Slovakia

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

Possession or use of small amounts of Cannabis is punishable by up to 3-years in prison.

In April 2012, The Wall Street Journal reported that Robert Fico, the incoming Slovak prime minister, might push for partial legislation of Cannabis possession, and has argued for the legislation of possession of up to three doses of Cannabis for personal use.