Peru Marijuana Laws
The use and possession, for resident citizens, of marijuana up to 8g is legal if no other drugs are carried. The police could take a different stand for tourists.
Uruguay Marijuana Laws
Cannabis is legal to grow in small amounts in this South American country. The Uruguayan law and governments do not treat the user or consumer as the problem and consumption of cannabis is legal and not criminalized under laws of the land. However, traffic, distribution, and production of cannabis are prohibited.
United States of America Marijuana Laws
Cannabis is classified under the federal Controlled Substances Act of 1970 as a Schedule I drug. The United States prohibits the possession, use, sale, purchase, and cultivation of marijuana.
In the year 1996, California voters passed Proposition 215, later renamed the Compassionate Use Act. The act allows patients with the valid recommendation of a doctor and the designated primary caregivers of the patient to possess and cultivate marijuana for personal medical use. The act was soon followed by similar laws in other US states (Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington).
In January 1998, Oakland Cannabis Buyers’ Cooperative was sued by the US government for violation of federal laws created as a result of Controlled Substances Act of 1970. The United States Supreme Court ruled in United States v. Oakland Cannabis Buyers’ Coop on May 14, 2001 that federal anti-drug laws do not permit an exception for medical cannabis. The Supreme Court rejected the common-law medical necessity defense to crimes enacted under the Controlled Substances Act as the Congress concluded cannabis has “no currently accepted medical use” when the Controlled Substances Act was passed in 1970.
The National Center for Natural Products Research (part of the School of Pharmacy at the University of Mississippi) in Oxford, Mississippi is the only facility in the country that is federally licensed by the National Institute on Drug Abuse to cultivate cannabis for scientific research.
United Kingdom Marijuana Laws
The plant cannabis is a schedule 1 drug in all forms (leaf, bud, resin etc.) and not available for regular medicinal use. A medicinal extract, Sativex, is licensed for use in clinical trials and an unlicensed drug for named patients.
The synthetic cannabinoid, Nabilone, is licensed as a Schedule 4 drug under laws of the country for use in chemotherapy induced nausea and vomiting besides being widely used for treating pain and spasticity. Growing any cannabis (for medicinal or recreational purposes) is illegal, with no exceptions, unless authorized by a government license.
Turkey Marijuana Laws
The cultivation of cannabis is strictly controlled by the Turkish government, primarily because of its seeds that are used as a spice in some food items like bread and other baked products. In the country, the THC-containing cannabis is totally forbidden. Sale of cannabis (trafficking) is punishable with long-term imprisonment while individuals carrying less than 12.5g of weed are made to attend rehab once a week and subjected to mandatory drug screenings for a period of six months if it is a first offense.
Switzerland Marijuana Laws
In Switzerland, cannabis is classified as a narcotic substance and its production or sale is punishable by a monetary penalty or imprisonment of up to three years. The country tolerates limited public consumption and more than 100 tons of cannabis was produced per year on some 250 hectares of land in 1998.
South Africa Marijuana Laws
Cannabis, known as dagga locally, cannot be used or possessed in the country. Rastafari groups who consider cannabis as “herb” and their holy sacrament regularly receive media attention in their pleas to the South African government to make it legalize.