Legalising marijuana: From medicinal to recreational, here's how some countries took a liberal stand – Times Now

Recreational use of marijuana is legal in many countries across the globe.

Recreational use of marijuana is legal in many countries across the globe.  | &nbspPhoto Credit:&nbspiStock Images

Key Highlights Uruguay fully legalised the recreational use of marijuana in 2013. Canada legalised recreational use of marijuana in 2018. Medicinal marijuana was legal since 2001. In the United States of Amreica, 22 states have legalised marijuana for medical purposes while 11 states have legalised the recreational use of marijuana.

The arrest of actress Rhea Chakraborty has brought forth the issue of marijuana into the limelight. Rhea was arrested by the Narcotics Control Bureau (NCB) under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act. 

Rhea Chakraborty has been facing allegations that she gave drugs like marijuana to Sushant Singh Rajput. The entire episode has been widely followed across social media and television and it has once again shifted the focus on the debate on whether marijuana should be legalised in India. 

India has been debating the issue while many around the world have legalised marijuana, especially its use for medical purposes. It is to be noted that not just medical marijuana, a host of countries have even legalised it for recreational purposes as well.

Countries that do not demonise marijuana

There are several countries in the world that have now legalised weed and are earning good revenue from the move. The legalisation of marijuana often comes with conditions on usage and ranges from legalisation for medicinal purposes to recreational use.


In 2013, the South American nation became the first country to fully legalise recreational weed for people 18 years of age and above. The country allowed

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