THC Regulations Across the World
Cannabis and THC regulations vary immensely and are constantly changing across the world. Some countries, such as Canada, have fully legalized the plant and all of its compounds. Other countries, such as China, Iraq and North Korea, still promise the death penalty for possession of any cannabis product.
Currently, products containing THC are only federally legal for recreational use in Canada and Uruguay.
In Canada, the Cannabis Act fully legalized the possession and consumption of recreational cannabis for adult-use on the federal level. However, regulations vary across Canada’s provinces and territories.
In 2013, Uruguay became the first country to fully legalize the plant. Citizens of Uruguay can buy cannabis at their local pharmacies.
In South Africa, adults are allowed to use cannabis in private. The country’s Constitutional Court decriminalized the substance in 2018. However, using cannabis in public and buying and selling the plant remains illegal.
In Spain, citizens are not criminalized for growing or consuming cannabis in private. Selling is technically illegal, but there are reportedly more than 800 private cannabis clubs. Obtaining a membership is typically as easy as filling out some paperwork.
In the Netherlands, cannabis is illegal but authorities are known to turn a blind eye. Although only citizens are supposed to be able to purchase cannabis, tourists are able to enjoy the plant in Amsterdam’s world famous coffeeshops.
Cannabis and THC for medicinal purposes is permitted in Australia Argentina.
Cannabis and THC has been decriminalized, or at least is not punishable for private use of small amounts, in Mexico, Belize, Jamaica, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Portugal, Switzerland, Croatia, The Czech Republic, Russia and Ukraine.
Be sure to check local laws before travelling.