LAST week two American states legalised the use of small amounts of marijuana. Critics immediately claimed it would allow busloads of tourists to travel interstate, pull cones, snowboard and then go home.
Hit the slopes? Then a bong? Fox News reported.
Despite the fear mongering, it’s not like the US is going to turn into a mini Amsterdam with pot freely available for sale in coffee shops. It will in fact have laws similar to many Australian states.
From December 6, Colorado will allow “personal use and regulation of marijuana for adults 21 and older. It will also allow people to grow up to six personal marijuana plants as long as they are in a locked space.
In Washington, plants will still be prohibited unless people gain medical authorisation. But users will legally be able to possess up to an ounce of marijuana.
In Australia marijuana is decriminalised for personal use in small amounts in the ACT, SA, WA and the NT. In all other states it is illegal.
There are no bus loads of tourists travelling from NSW to Canberra to smoke pot and check out the National Gallery.
Travellers heading overseas who have an addiction to marijuana should check local laws before they think about taking a puff. The green stuff can land you a long stint in jail.
That is unless you travel to these countries. Here’s a quick list of the places where marijuana is actually legal.
Argentina – legal for personal use in small amounts.
Cyprus – possession of up to 15 grams for personal use and five plants.
Ecuador – possession is not illegal defined by law 108.
Mexico – personal use of up to five grams is legal.
The Netherlands – cannabis is sold in “coffee shops” other types of sales and possession is illegal.
Peru – up to eight grams of cannabis is legal as long as the user is not in possession of another drug.
Switzerland – On January 1, 2012, the cantons Vaud, Neuchatel, Geneva and Fribourg allowed the growing and cultivation of up to 4 cannabis plants per person, in an attempt to curb illegal street trafficking.
Uruguay – possession for personal use is not penalised. BUT the amount allowed for personal use is not specified in the law.