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Marijuana Worldwide

When people talk about legal developments in marijuana, they’re usually talking about the United States or the Netherlands. It’s also famous in Jamaica and a few other countries.  But there is a whole world out there where cannabis is grown and consumed.  What about those other places? From Canada to Peru, Australia, Korea, Thailand and more, what do they have going on? Most of the countries of the world have laws against growing, selling and possessing marijuana.  Why is that? Well, thanks to dependence on foreign aid, and big countries throwing their weight around, it can be pretty difficult to find decent herb. In some countries it is illegal but overlooked, others have minimal policing efforts (read: bribes are OK) and in some countries the penalties include harsh jail times or even execution.  All that for a weed that, if left unchecked, will grow just about anywhere.

How did this happen?  Until the early 20th century, hemp and cannabis were grown throughout the world for industrial and medicinal purposes. Some countries even had laws requiring farmers to grow it so they could meet minimum requirements for many different industries.  In the space of just a few decades all this changed.  US and UK governments pulled a 180 on their stance for the plant and suddenly everyone was forced to go along for the ride.  They were superpowers of their day; the British Empire was waning, as the United States’ strength was gaining.  The influence these two countries wielded was enormous.  The British government passed the Dangerous Drugs Act in 1927, and exported versions of it to all its colonies and territories such as New Zealand and Australia.  This effectively ended growth and trade for many drugs like opium and coca, but also included cannabis. In 1925 the League of Nations (Failed precursor to the UN) added it to the list of controlled substances. The United States followed suit shortly afterward (at the prodding of HJ Anslinger and the Hearst Media empire).  So, the UK, US and League of Nations were busy sticking their nose in other people’s  business and making life less enjoyable.  There was a slight turnaround during World War 2 because hemp was needed for war purposes. But once the war was done, right back to ILLEGAL!

After World War 2 ended, the USA was the big dog and started telling more countries what to do.  They were sending troops to some countries and withholding aid from others until they passed laws that agreed with our own.  Trade barriers were erected, international interdependence increased and the US was busy buying and selling raw materials and finished products.  If Thailand or Uganda or Columbia wanted in on the action they had to play by American rules.  So laws were set down, with varying degrees of punishment, and they could enter the global trade game.  As things stand today, there is a majority global ban on growth and sale of cannabis.  Yet, if one takes the time to tour the world and hit up backwater areas, or derelict buildings with brand new electrical systems, they will find grow-ops flourishing.  In Hawaii, drug enforcement uses helicopters for flyovers to see who is growing in their backyard.  In Burma there are military crackdown raids with seek-and-destroy orders.  But in England, the company that produces Marinol has several massive and state-of-the-art technology Classified grow-op centers that any California cooperative would drool over.

Times they are a changing and it seems the cannabis plant will bear fruit once more. Hopefully the laws against this plant will decay as more and more people realize it poses no harm, and can only help humanity.  We may even see a domino effect once the US government pulls its head out of the sand and ends the federal ban.  Stay tuned for more updates on the status of marijuana worldwide.

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23 Responses to “Marijuana Worldwide”

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    JT March 25, 2012 at 1:40 pm #

    It amazes me when I study government world history how much the British Empire and the US had control and still does. Lets also not forget the Henry the 8th days were Vatican law was once the law all around the world. Even the simplest thing such as a divorce was a reason to call out war against other kings and country’s.

    “After World War 2 ended, the USA was the big dog and started telling more countries what to do”. The US is trying to still be the big dog but as we see its losing its bark and bite.

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    consultor March 25, 2012 at 7:45 pm #

    If the progress is just in the medical field will it be enough. For now it would be a major victory. Can we handle full legalization?

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      Nick March 26, 2012 at 10:39 am #

      Probably not right away, but down the line after some kinks are worked out I think that we as a society could handle full legalization.

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    mcmj420 March 25, 2012 at 8:18 pm #

    I am really into the new show Alcatraz. For fun I Google a list of inmates. The list also had the crimes they committed. There where a few that had “Narcotics Law: Marijuana”

    Can you imagine having to go to prison or even worse be executed over a plant.

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    SM420 March 25, 2012 at 8:22 pm #

    I could be wrong but I don’t think we could handle full legalization. But I do agree with the part the laws against this plant will decay as more and more people realize it poses no harm, and can only help humanity.

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    CaGuy209 March 25, 2012 at 8:27 pm #

    The UK, US and League of Nations are still busy sticking their nose in other people’s business and making life less enjoyable.

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      SonicBoom420 March 26, 2012 at 7:49 pm #

      its what they do best!

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    MAFA1 March 25, 2012 at 8:28 pm #

    I am glad “Times they are a changing”.

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    Green Grower March 26, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    I wonder how different the world would be if drugs had never been made illegal? Would we have a world full of addicts and societal ills, or would it be no big deal with pharmacists doling out there magic ‘tonics’ as needed. Perhaps organized crime would have never got a foothold.

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    CheebaHawk March 26, 2012 at 2:27 pm #

    Times are changing ever so slowly, but…who am I to complain.

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      bluedreaming March 26, 2012 at 3:17 pm #

      So if they made it legal for a short period of time during the war they obviously know how important it is. It seems like the government refuses to acknowledge it has any uses!!

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    SippinOnSizzurp March 26, 2012 at 4:37 pm #

    l3galiz3 it!

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    calicoast420 March 26, 2012 at 5:13 pm #

    I feel like in alot of countries punishment of Marijuana is so low because they know its not bad, they’re just following the US’ laws ecspecially if they engage in trade with us. The US can be such a bully.

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    thetokerator March 26, 2012 at 5:31 pm #

    is there any countries besides very poor third world countries or countries without much govt, where its legal to just grow as much hemp as you want and smoke as much as you want?

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    Born2Blaze March 26, 2012 at 5:38 pm #

    It’s kind of disgusting to see how so few people could influence so many for so long. I’m sure there are times it comes in handy, but overall it is just plain wrong.

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      SonicBoom420 March 26, 2012 at 7:51 pm #

      spread like a disease..REEFER MADNESS!

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    iTokeAlot March 26, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

    Hopefully people around the world we be able to toke alot soon, lord knows I love to toke haha.

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    LegalGrower909 March 27, 2012 at 12:15 pm #

    Hopefully when we change our policies on a federal level the rest of the world will follow suite as they did so many years ago. One can only hope.

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    Daytimetoker March 29, 2012 at 12:43 pm #

    well if we were so easy to influence the rest of the world then, we can only hope that our increased tolerance and movement towards relegalization is being noticed and being prepared for by others so its not such a long crawl back into the global scene. marijuana worldwide will be one of the biggest industries out there. i wonder who has that .com

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    Sir SmokesAlot March 29, 2012 at 3:21 pm #

    it would be cool to start traveling and be able to safely get the ganja. There ares so may cool places in the world to smoke at im sure, but you never know if you’ll be in some horror story like locked up abroad or something. it would probably be the first real measurable step towards world peace ever taken that would probably actually push us in that direction even if just so ever so slightly. Marijuana worldwide for to work towards world peace!! lol

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    CookieMonster420 March 29, 2012 at 5:46 pm #

    imagine all different types of worldly medicinal cuisine that could be possible. all the flavors and some of the worlds different medicinal varieties out there. the surface hasn’t even been scratched!

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