Cannabis is a major part of Malawian culture and lifestyle. Colloquially known as chamba, some of the finest sativas in Africa can be found here, and a small but significant tourist industry has sprung up as cannabis connoisseurs from all over the world venture there to sample the crop.
Thai cannabis is world-famous – Thai “sticks” arguably being the best-known of all exports, so-named for the tell-tale red thread which binds the buds together and has spawned so many imitations. In the 1970s and '80s, Thai cannabis was a common sight for stoners throughout the world, although exports have since declined.
The United Kingdom is falling far behind the rest of the developed world in terms of willingness to accommodate the concept of cannabis legalisation. However, the recent developments in the USA and elsewhere have led to renewed pressure on the UK government to review policies currently in place.
There are many compelling arguments against marijuana prohibition already out there – I will not repeat them here. In this essay I would like to add a line of thought which constitutes another reason for the legalization of marijuana.
Washington State, Oregon, and Colorado are all currently considering proposals to fully legalize the sale and taxation of recreational cannabis.
Political support for full legalization of hemp farming is growing on both sides of the fence, as it becomes ever clearer that the USA's insistence on remaining the only industrialized country to prohibit its cultivation is short-sighted and potentially crippling.
Since the introduction of the controversial Weed Pass (“Wietpas”) to the southern provinces of the Netherlands in June this year, authorities have reported significant upswings in cannabis-related petty crime. The protests of municipalities not yet subject to the law are becoming ever more strident...
Uruguay has no specific legislation for cannabis, making its legal status a somewhat gray area. Personal possession and consumption are generally tolerated but cultivation and supply are seen as far more serious issues which – although not a widespread problem – are often punishable by harsh prison sentences.
Portuguese party BE (Bloco de Esquerda or Left Wing Bloc) has drafted a bill which aims to legalise and regulate cannabis.