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The use of marijuana for medical purposes has been authorized in Canada since 2001. Now, 17 years later, Canadian parliament adopted a document legalizing non-medical marijuana across the country. 52 MPs voted for the decision, 29 spoke against.
The adopted document, in particular, regulates the growing, distributing, and selling marijuana.
Thus, Canada became the second country in the world (after Uruguay) and the first of the G7 countries to allow non-medical marijuana.
We might also remember the United States in this context, but it should be noted that marijuana is allowed in certain states, not all over the country.
How will this look in practice?
According to the BBC, it will be possible to buy marijuana from the age of 18 (in some provinces - from 19). But the Canadians can buy it ONLY from a licensed manufacturer in legal stores (including online).
Adults are allowed to carry up to 30 grams of dried cannabis. It will be allowed to grow up to four marijuana plants at home.
Violators of the law will face serious punishment. In particular, the sale of marijuana to minors can turn into 14 years behind the bars.
Cannabis is still banned in most countries. However, some countries have already carried out the procedure for its decriminalization.
At the moment, it is legal for medical purposes in 16 European countries, Argentina, Puerto Rico, Panama, Mexico, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.
In the US, medicinal use is permitted in 29 states and in the District of Columbia. In addition, nine states legalized both medical and personal use of cannabis.
Spain, the Netherlands, Portugal, Slovenia, Jamaica, Chile, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Luxembourg, and some parts of India are among those who decriminalized the drug for personal use.
What about a situation in Ukraine? It is still without changes. The Criminal Code does not distinguish between soft and hard drugs - they are all united by the concept of "narcotic substances".
Article 309 of the Criminal Code establishes responsibility for the manufacture, acquisition, storage, transportation and transfer of cannabis and provides for punishment in the form of a fine of 50 to 100 non-taxable minimum incomes, correctional labor up to two years, arrest for six months, restriction or imprisonment for up to three years.
In May, another "Marijuana March" was held in Kyiv, participants of which urged the government to begin scientific research of cannabinoids as analgesics and other medicines, and also to regulate the access of Ukrainian patients to treatment with medical cannabis.
Well, the police still detain people with "ganjah". For example, recently, Odesa police detained a "drug lord":