International Marijuana Laws: Three Takes In Three Countries

  • by Allen St. Pierre, Former NORML Executive Director October 7, 2013

    Three countries, one week and three different public policy views about cannabis laws:

    Switzerland — After years of debate, and with a number of cantons having already done so, the entire nation of Switzerland began a cannabis possession decriminalization policy for adults. This is not unlike similar penalties in fifteen states in America and likely a prelude to eventual legalization in the infamously ‘neutral’ country (certainly more than most countries as the Swiss have been largely neutral in the war on some drugs).

    Romania — Romania became the tenth European country to allow citizens to access medical cannabis for serious medical conditions.

    North Korea — A social conscience travel blogger writes about and photographs what it is like in North Korea and that there are no laws against cannabis. This may explain Dennis Rodman’s new fascination with visiting the country.

    27 responses to “International Marijuana Laws: Three Takes In Three Countries”

    1. Silviu Timis says:

      Nothing ever grows in North Korea because its an asshole and no one likes it!

    2. Thomas says:

      Do we really want to reference North Korea in a way that looks like we sympathize with the government. No laws against it because it’s unenforceable likely. I worry to have the cannabis movement associated with North Korea in any way. The movement has momentum but it’s not a battle won yet.

      [Editor’s note: Referencing a travel blog that does not glamorize North Korea while at the same time revealing unknown information about the country’s cannabis policies is informative for American cannabis consumers, not threatening or can be construed as sympathetic to a rogue country. Cannabis curious minds want to know what the laws and customs are for the herbal drug all over the globe, including closed societies like North Korea’s.]

    3. Jamie says:

      I believe cannabis is not illegal in Iran either.

    4. Galileo Galilei says:

      Marijuana is completely legal in North Korea. Not long ago Drug War zealots would have jumped at this as the explanation for all of North Korea’s ills.

    5. JJ says:

      Can someone please start asking our US Congress why the shutdown the government to stop Obama care because that’s what the people want yet when it comes to the biggest majority on a social issue why they will not vote to legalize marijuana for at least medical use. This question will put their foots in their mouths. .. and why the tea partyis still complaining about Obama not doing anything to stop Washington and Colorado marijuana reform while campaigning for smaller government. ..

    6. Anonymous says:

      They say the bud there is so weak, you might as well smoke a good cigar, LOL.

    7. Ben says:

      “… in North Korea and that there are no laws against cannabis”

      In simple terms,

      You know America is fucked when North Korea has more freedom.

    8. mexweed says:

      After western governments managed to juggle some issues and revise their policy on Iran, it is time to LOBBY for a retake on North Korea. Thank you for sharing the Travel Blogger story.

      “While the flavour’s all there, it’ll take a few well-packed joints before one starts to feel anything approaching the effect typical of a Western crop.” Jokes about how the DPRK keeps its citizens under dictatorial control by keeping them stoned to the contrary, note that rolling big joints of weak cannabis results in a Drug Cocktail of heat shock, carbon monoxide and 4221 combustion toxins which everyone should understand by now is what gets you stoned, not the cannabis. Note that the North Koreans don’t seem to understand what cannabis is about, otherwise why would they refer to it as a kind of tobacco!

      The key innovation which could solve the psychological hang-ups of that country, and lead to security and world peace, might just be to PROMOTE LONG-STEMMED ONE-HITTERS with 25-mg serving size (and maybe also the corresponding stronger western-style herb to be served in the more moderate quantities).

    9. Fed-Up says:

      But, is there ginseng and cabbage, as well as potatoes?

    10. Ronnie says:

      Cool take on three completely different countries.