"Dangerous, harmless, or even healthy? It is talked more and more about cannabis, and in Denmark it is now free to grow the plant for medical use. Elsewhere in the world, cannabis is fully legalized."
"Here you can keep track of what the law says in different countries."
"In the majority of countries in the world, cannabis is still prohibited — among them Sweden. The Swedish narcotics act prohibits any contact with controlled drugs, where cannabis is included, and has six months imprisonment in the punishment scale for use."
"• Uruguay, however, have legalized the cultivation, sale and smoking of marijuana."
"• IN the united states, the drug is prohibited at the federal level, but about half of the states have created their own rules. The state of Colorado became the first in the US to decriminalise cannabis use for 2014. The states of Alaska, California, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Nevada, Oregon, Vermont and Washington, as well as the capital Washington DC have since followed suit. Even New York governor Andrew Cuomo wants cannabis to be legal in his state. Most other states allow limited use of medical marijuana."
"• Although Argentina has acceded to the trend in the US to allow marijuana under certain circumstances. And Colombia, Chile and Mexico have all introduced similar provisions which Argentina, that the plant may be used in certain medical and scientific context."
"• Cannabis for medical use was approved also in Thailand at the end of december. This in a part of the world where drug-related offences otherwise punishable by the death penalty."
"• In the fall was Canada the first major country in the world to legalize cannabis. The legal market is well established, then the use in the medical context, began to be allowed back in 2001."
"• In the autumn, beating South africa's constitutional court ruled that private use of cannabis in a private context is legal. Even Zimbabwe has legalized the production of cannabis for medical use."
"• 2001 decriminalised in Portugal possession of a small amount of drugs for personal use. It came to cannabis as well as other drugs."
"• In the Netherlands it is allowed to possess small amounts of cannabis without the risk of prosecution. In the summer, gave Portugal the green light for marijuana use for medical purposes, after the country's parliament voted through a proposal with a large majority."
"• In december, the Luxembourg government plans to legalize cannabis. However, it is unclear when the new rules will enter into force."
"• from 1 January 2018, introduced a försöksordning with medical cannabis in Denmark, which is valid for four years. It means that the doctor may write out the medical cannabis to patients who are not being helped by any other treatment."
"• In the summer, the british government that doctors should be allowed to write out cannabis for medical purposes. Interior minister Sajid Javid pointed out, however, that it is not a step towards a general liberalisation of cannabis."
"• 2016 was allowed cannabis for medical use in Australia, in general, marijuana is illegal."
"• New Zealand will hold a referendum whether it should become legal to use cannabis in the country. The vote shall occur in 2020."
"Sources: UNODC, New York Times, Reuters, AFP"