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Countries Where Smoking Marijuana Is Allowed?  
User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4106 times:

Today I was talking with a few buddys and we asked ourselves if the Netherlands is the only country in the world where smoking marijuana is legal? What is about Jamaica? I am sure that nobody cares when someone smokes a joint on the street.

I have also heard that it is "more or less" legal in Switzerland, is that true?

Patrick

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User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 1, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4066 times:

In Jamaica, it is decriminalized. Weed is very cheap and potent there. Cops turn their heads. I was in Negril and saw a guy operating a bull dozer on the side of the road smoking a joint and about 10 feet away was 2 cops. They do not care!


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User currently offlineLewis From Greece, joined Jul 1999, 3636 posts, RR: 5
Reply 2, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4052 times:

From my experience, police in the UK doesn't really care although it is illegal. I've seen many students rolling a splif in the campus of my university or out in town.

User currently offlineHartsfieldboy From United States of America, joined Sep 2001, 552 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4040 times:

In Brazil, it's close enough. Since enfocement is rare, the price of dank weed about 60 CENTS PER GRAM!!

Atlanta, in a couple of weeks, is having the annual Great Atlanta Pot Festival. Weed is still totally illegal here, but people are still in the parks smoking it up during the fest.


User currently offlineJcs17 From United States of America, joined Jun 2001, 8065 posts, RR: 38
Reply 4, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4039 times:

In a lot of places the police will turn their heads if you are a local, but not a tourists.


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User currently offlineSonic From Lithuania, joined Jan 2000, 1670 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4038 times:

In Lithuania it is quite far from being legalised - police does their job here, and although probably it is corrupted in certain cases, it will never let you smoke the dope in public. it is strange how certain states are so near anarchy...

User currently offlineSuperfly From Thailand, joined May 2000, 39887 posts, RR: 74
Reply 6, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4026 times:

It's illegal here in the U.S. but here in SAn Francisco, it's tolerated.

Our D.A. Terrence Hallinan is a Saint!
He will not prosicute ANY marijuana related arrest so the police will not waste there time busting people smoking pot.

I was at his re-election party and there some people including myself smoking it up in celebration.  Smokin cool

Only in San Francisco!  Smile



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User currently offlineSabena332 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4020 times:

Superfly,

is it only in San Francisco tolerated or in whole California? I remember that I smoked a lot while I was there but just because every second person I met was smoking there, I liked that.

Here in Germany it is also tolerated especially in the area where I live because we are not far away from the Dutch border (do you envy me? Big grin).

Patrick


User currently offlineJetService From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 4798 posts, RR: 11
Reply 8, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4015 times:

Around here, it seems possession of small personal amounts is treated very lightly. Almost like a traffic offense. I think its a low level misdemeanor with 30 days suspended and diversion programs to clear your record arrest and conviction record. I think they're pretty harsh on dealing however. I'm not completely certain about that.


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User currently offlineAvt007 From Canada, joined Jul 2000, 2132 posts, RR: 5
Reply 9, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4006 times:

I would caution any airline employee to be very careful about marijuana. I realize this description could be anyone from CEO to baggage handler, but airlines and governments take a very dim view of potsmokers as airline employees.

User currently offlineErj190 From Portugal, joined Dec 2000, 397 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 4003 times:


As far as I know, in Portugal it is not a crime to smoke. But you can't trade it sell it buy it or grow it.

Don't ask me how you can actually get it, I think the idea is kind of:

You can smoke, but it is illegal to have it Big grin

Typically Portuguese


User currently offlineAA61hvy From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 13977 posts, RR: 57
Reply 11, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3984 times:

I think the US should do the same thing as some other countries. Many will not drink alcohol perhaps, and it could slow down the alcohol related violence.. How many people do you hear of that shoot or rape someone because they are high? I am not a pot smoker. I used to religously, but I find it to be expensive when I am in school (college salary =0$) Also my girlfriend said " if you keep smoking weed means no more sex." So I chose the better of the two. Now I don't gasp for breath when I play rugby, and I can get booty almost anytime I want.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


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User currently offlineScorpio From Belgium, joined Oct 2001, 5032 posts, RR: 43
Reply 12, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 3986 times:

Smoking marijuana is legal in Belgium, of course only if you're 18 or over. Possession of up to 5 grams is legal.

The dubious part of course is that selling it is illegal. So you can have it, you can smoke it, but you can't buy or sell it...

Never tried the stuff myself, don't need it.


User currently offlineKrushny From Spain, joined Dec 2000, 776 posts, RR: 1
Reply 13, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 2 days 3 hours ago) and read 3958 times:

In Spain consumption is allowed, but trade is not. Same as in Portugal.

User currently offlineSabena 690 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3931 times:

Smoking marijuana is legal in Belgium, of course only if you're 18 or over. Possession of up to 5 grams is legal.

The dubious part of course is that selling it is illegal. So you can have it, you can smoke it, but you can't buy or sell it...


Correct Scorpio, and for my part they may change this rule again to totally prohibit it.
Seen that all those people start with soft drugs, and end with hard drugs, this thing should be banned, not permitted.

It is bad for your health, very bad, and it costs a lot of money. I will never understand why people use drugs...


User currently offlineManni From South Korea, joined Nov 2001, 4221 posts, RR: 22
Reply 15, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 3919 times:

Very tue Sabena690, I too would support to prohibit any kind of use of marihuana. It's bad enough that our youth only have to cross the border to Holland to get themselfes wasted, let alone being able to do it in Belgium without the risk of prosecution.


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User currently offlineSabena 690 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3911 times:

Indeed, Manni.

You know when you start using it, but you don't know where it stops.

3 weeks ago, I heard a sad story from a friend: a friend of him started using marijuana only occassionaly. He liked it, started using it more and more until he was addicted. As all soft drugs users, no-one wants to admit they are addicted (they even don't want to face it and some even think you can't become addicted). Well, he WAS addicted, and needed his joints all the time. He saw he was doing wrong, wanted to get rid of them, but couldn't resist to keep on smoking. So he got into a depression, and started using hard drugs to forget his joint problem. To make the story short: he is burried 2 weeks ago (an overdose of coke or heroine, don't remember exactly).

This is what drugs can do with you...

Don't start using it, it's the only way to avoid all the shit like this.


User currently offlineDaV From Italy, joined Jun 2001, 669 posts, RR: 9
Reply 17, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 15 hours ago) and read 3910 times:

The possession for personal use (3,5g ? not sure) is legal in Italy, though it's pretty common to see guys in the parks and university campus rolling joint and smoking them (at least in Milan where I live). Obviosly you can't sell or buy it, and also grow it. Pretty like in Belgium. Laws enforcers usually don't bother, but it depends upon the public administration dispositions.
Here in Milan we have a social center (right word? It's a sort of self managed community) wich organizes every March/April the "Seeding Party" where you can get seeds for free to plant your own cannabis at home; in October there's usually the "Harvest Party" where you can get free joint...

DaV



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User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8115 posts, RR: 53
Reply 18, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3890 times:

You can buy it from Hemp shops in Switzerland, literally in shopping malls, high street, whatever.

I'm sorry Sabena 690 about your friend, although I disagree that marijuana leads to harder drugs. I've smoked pot all my life (well, since I was a teenager anyway) and I've never felt the urge to get into the hard stuff. Well, I do enjoy the odd line but we're talking about once or twice a year. There's no real link between the two. Alcohol is pretty heavy duty for a recreational drug, but boozing it up every weekend doesn't lead to hard drugs any more than smokin da weed does. Going from pot to coke / heroin etc is more to do with the user's personality than the drug.



fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
User currently offlineSabena 690 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3885 times:

Cedarjet: I want to make a small correction in my original post: I did not say that EVERY soft drugs user is addicted and will go to hard drugs, but what I see is that a lot of users don't see the danger of it (or don't want to see it), and use it very frequently (they say they are not addicted but use it almost every day).

I really don't understand that, if you know how bad it is, why you actually smoke it... But who the f*ck am I? Big grin

Regards
Frederic


User currently offlineDaV From Italy, joined Jun 2001, 669 posts, RR: 9
Reply 20, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3885 times:

they say they are not addicted but use it almost every day

I have to subscribe the entire sentence. The same applies for cigarettes, and, to a lesser extent, to alchol.
I have to admit the same for planes too Big grin

DaV



Two monologues do not make a dialogue
User currently offlineCedarjet From United Kingdom, joined May 1999, 8115 posts, RR: 53
Reply 21, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3881 times:

Sabena / Frederic, you are right that pot is addictive, and I would say I'm addicted. That said, it's not the kind of addiction where if you can't get any, you go purple and curl up in a ball, vomiting. You just feel a little irritable or out-of-sorts when you'd normally be skinning up (ie while watching CNN or a good movie). So it's pretty tame. It's like a mirror, it reflects your own state of mind. With a tiny bit of willpower, I could knock it on the head (have done in the past quite easily). I was in Sydney for a month earlier this year and didn't smoke, and it didn't really occur to me to try and get some (OK, maybe I'm not addicted). For other people, there are other things in their own personal make-up that makes it a lot harder.

I think pot is, on the whole, A Bad Thing - it makes you lazy, slow-witted and unhealthy. But it's a lot better than alcohol (I don't drink) and really the worst side effect I can think of is the remote possibility, in some countries, of getting a criminal record. As has been noted above, no-one ever beat their wife or kicked in a shop window after having a smoke - it's too much like hard work.



fly Saha Air 707s daily from Tehran's downtown Mehrabad to Mashhad, Kish Island and Ahwaz
User currently offlineSabena 690 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 3879 times:

That's true Cedarjet, alcohol and cigarettes are also bad... Actually all are unhealthy.

I don't use one of the three, I'm very healthy apparently  Smile/happy/getting dizzy I'm only addicted to airplanes! Big grin But is this an unhealthy addiction?  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

Regards
Frederic


User currently offline777kicksass From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2000, 668 posts, RR: 0
Reply 23, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3847 times:

In the UK I would say that officially it is illegal but I think it is tolerated in my experience. Also, I believe it is close to being legalized.

You may say (with little knowledge) that pot is very unhealthy, but it is sure as hell better than cigarettes and alcohol. And no it is not addictive (physically), I suppose really sad people can think they need more.


User currently offlineKeesje From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 3845 times:

I think in most countries it is tollerated.

However dutch politicians said it openly and put in the law.

That was politicaly stupid. They just had to formalize it ... typical dutch.. over organized ..





25 JAL : I know that it is legal to do so in the Netherlands but I don't know about others.
26 Post contains images Sabena 690 : You may say (with little knowledge) that pot is very unhealthy, but it is sure as hell better than cigarettes and alcohol. And no it is not addictive
27 Post contains images Dazeflight : "And a joint IS addictive." but "only" psychically, not physically. Persons with a weak personality shouldn't touch it, as they should not touch eithe
28 Post contains images Sabena 690 : Imagine the reaction of the german (or belgium) public if their beloved beer was to be forbidden Whoaaa... this would be hard!! Alcohol is indeed an u
29 Post contains images Sabena332 : Imagine the reaction of the german (or belgium) public if their beloved beer was to be forbidden I think that Germany would look like Baghdad right no
30 Post contains images Avt007 : Hands up everyone who would like to be operated on by a pot smoking surgeon. When I was in technical school, studying aircraft maintenance, there were
31 Sabena332 : Avt007, all these guys that I have mentioned in my reply above do not smoke regularly, they do it one or two times a week with the exception of one, t
32 Atenara : Philippines, its illegal, but you can always get away with it, cuz the cops allways look the other way. hehehehe!
33 Speedbirdyvr : It's in the process of being legalized here in Canada. George W. Bush is not happy with this coz he fears his citizens will cross the border and migra
34 Post contains images Dazeflight : @ Sabena 690 "but I prefer to earn as much as possible, to buy airline tickets, instead of spending money to alcohol, cigarettes,... and living a bit
35 Ryanb741 : I don't smoke weed but used to take drugs socially when I was at university (not heroin though - I took nothing harder than E and cocaine) and I guess
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