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Prison time, hard labour and DEATH are among the most severe penalties
WHETHER or not cannabis should be legalised is a debate that has raged on for decades.
Many countries and states in the US have decriminalised the drug in some way but those caught dealing the drug still face harsh punishments and in some countries they could face THE DEATH PENALTY.
So are there any places that marijuana use is decriminalised and where can smoking a spliff lead to the death penalty?
Here’s everything you need to know about cannabis and the law…
Where is marijuana legal?
Even though the majority of nations have banned it, a significant number will not prosecute for the personal use of cannabis.
In Australia, Puerto Rico, Poland, Czech Republic, Canada, Croatia and Macedonia it is legal for medicinal purposes in some form, and in Turkey for the cultivation for the same purpose.
In Uruguay, Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts,Minnesota, Maryland, Mississippi, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Ohio Oregon and Washington, Rhode Island, Vermont in the US, Spain, Slovenia, Netherlands, Jamaica, Columbia and Chile it is legal or decriminalised in some form.
Where are the harshest marijuana laws in the world?
In Japan, the Cannabis Control Law can dish out a five year prison sentence for smoking a single joint… along with hard labour.
Similar sentences are dished out for possession in Malaysia and Indonesia.
While weed smokers in the Philippines aren’t immediately thrown in jail, if you’re caught with the drug you are sent to rehab for at least six months.
Repeat offenders can face a prison sentence for between six and twelve years.
If you thought these punishments were harsh, they’re nothing compared to the penalty given to those who deal the drug.
Those caught trafficking or selling marijuana (even in small quantities) can be sentenced to DEATH in the UAE, Egypt, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines.
Will cannabis be legalised in the UK?
Senior MPs have called on Theresa May to legalise cannabis in order to make more money for the treasury kitty.
The marijuana trade in Britain is currently worth £6.8bn a year and could be quite a money maker, as well as helping people with varying conditions.
When California went green last year, experts predicted that the US state could take in BILLIONS in tax revenues from weed sales.