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A Complete Ranking Of The Best Places To Smoke Weed In The World

A countdown of the top 25 countries to visit for the marijuana aficionado rated by legality, availability, and how sweet it would be to roll a fat joint there.

25. North Korea

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You’d never guess it, but cannabis is not classified as a drug or regulated by the North Korean government and supposedly plants grow freely along the road. There is said to be no taboo against smoking weed, but still we put this on the bottom of our list for not being welcoming towards visitors.

24. Estonia

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In Estonia they like homegrown herb, so this is a great place to visit if you prefer to buy local. Unfortunately possession of small amounts is considered a misdemeanor.

23. Brazil

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Weed is technically illegal, but is tolerated in many places and a powerful legalize movement has grown in Brazil. It is said you can buy bud and hash in most of the city’s beaches, bars and clubs, but to be discreet about where you smoke.

22. Nepal

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Marijuana and its derivatives, such as Hashish and Bhang, are widely available throughout Nepal and often part of religious events. In Kathmandu tourists will be offered hashish, but weed is not technically legal, so you might have to offer a bribe to police if caught with any.

21. Costa Rica

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In Costa Rica marijuana is illegal, but is said to be easy to get and tolerated throughout the country. Who wouldn’t want to get baked on this beach?

20. Germany

Marijuana laws are confusing in Germany, because they are not standardized, but since 1994 it has been legal to carry small amounts in most areas. In the northern cities of Hamburg and Berlin people smoke in the open and there is talk of opening coffee shops like those found in Amsterdam.

19. The United States

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Weed is now legal in two states — Colorado and Washington — and may become legal in other parts of the U.S. especially since the majority of Americans now support legalization. Still marijuana is not legal in most of the country, so it can’t be too high on this list.

18. Argentina

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In 2009 Argentina ruled it was unconstitutional to punish personal use of marijuana, but it is not yet decriminalized. Much of the marijuana available in Argentina is smuggled from Paraguay, but many people grow their own as well.

17. Mexico

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In 2009 Mexico decriminalized possession of up to five grams of Cannabis, but don’t get caught with more or else the cops will get a bribe out of you. Mexico’s climate is great for growing weed, so some of the bud is said to be very good.

16. Belgium

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Possession of up to five grams of marijuana by adults older than 18 is tolerated. Finding marijuana in Belgium is said to be easy and available in almost all its major cities including Brussels, Antwerpen, and Leuven.

15. Canada

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The legal status of weed in Canada is in flux, so be careful, but basically you can find it all over the country. Vancouver is known to many as the cannabis capital of Canada and has an activist history that includes the political BC Marijuana Party.

14. India

Although technically illegal to posses, it’s all good here: weed is used as part of Hindu rituals, grows wild, and is sold in shops as bhang, a lassi drink. The plant is also believed to have originated northwest of the Himalayas.

13. Peru

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Possession of up to eight grams of cannabis is decriminalized here as long as you don’t also possess another drug. It is said to be very easy to get bud in Lima and it would be mind-blowing to see Machu Picchu.

12. Colombia

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In 2010 Colombia decriminalized possession of up to 20 grams of marijuana, but it remains illegal to grow or sell. Colombia’s outdoor grown variety comes highly recommended and is said to be reasonably priced.

11. Czech Republic

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In 2010, the Czech Republic decriminalized possession of up to 15 grams for personal use. Prague is Europe’s leader in pot smoking and apparently you can ask your bartender for a joint.

10. Croatia

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Starting in 2013, marijuana was decriminalized for personal use, but can still not be grown or sold. Croatia is home to the UNESCO world heritage site Diocletian’s Palace and some of the most breath-taking coastal cities in the world.

9. Chile

In 2007 Chile decriminalized marijuana for private use. It can be found in city bars and beaches, making it easy to get high without having to climb to the top of one of these peaks.

8. Jamaica

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Cultivation and consumption is in fact illegal, but marijuana has long been associated with the country and is often sold openly. Despite the shaky status of the plant, there are ganja tours, where you smoke “so much ganja you’ll be talking to Bob Marley himself.”

7. Ecuador

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Up to 20 grams of Cannabis for personal use grams has been decriminalized this year in Ecuador. The country is famous for its biodiversity, especially in the Galápagos Islands, where Charles Darwin came up with the foundation for his Theory of Evolution — and who knows what famous discovery you’ll make?!

6. Australia

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Weed is decriminalized in several parts of Australia, but enforcement varies state to state. The country is known for its copious amounts of smoking and is said to have marijuana with the highest percentage of THC in the world.

5. Portugal

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Portugal decriminalized drug possession for personal consumption in 2001, and instead of arresting drug users they are treated as addicts in need of medical help. Portugal has about 530 miles of sandy beaches on the Atlantic ocean, inviting you to take a swim.

4. Switzerland

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Switzerland has fairly lax marijuana laws and it is legal to grow up to four plants in several regions. The country is gorgeous and famous for its cheese and chocolate — all of which go great with weed.

3. The Netherlands

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Weed is considered de facto decriminalized based on the countries drug policy. Amsterdam is famous for its cafes that sell weed, so access is no problem, and the country is famous for having the world’s largest flower garden, Keukenhof, so your senses will be happy too.

2. Spain

 

Spain decriminalized possession of two plants and allowed for the creation of cannabis co-ops. The country is the birthplace of artist Salvador Dalí and Barcelona is known for Antoni Gaudí’s trippy architecture, so seems like a pretty fun place to visit.

1. Uruguay

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Pot has long been legal in Uruguay, but the country is now pushing for a unique bill that allows the government total control over the entire marijuana industry. The government hopes to push traffickers out of the market by selling cannibas for $1 a gram, which would make it the world’s most affordable weed.

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