4 illogical cannabis laws from around the world
The Netherlands Weed Laws
What? The Netherlands? Isn't that where Amsterdam is? I thought you could get stoned there legally and not have to worry about the consequences? Aren't the Dutch always stoned and nobody cares? Well, in reality while it's totally legal for you to buy the weed from the coffeeshops, it's currently totally ILLEGAL for the coffeeshops to buy the weed in the first place. This gray area causes some confusion, and a lot of problems. Although this is likely to change in the near future, with trials of state production rolling out across the Netherlands, currently the laws are confusing and frankly quite stupid.
(P.S weed isn't as popular in with Dutch peopleas you may think, although the tourists definitely parTOKE) (P.P.S Don't say Holland if you're talking about the Netherlands as a whole, unless you want to annoy most Dutch people)
The USA Weed Laws
While many states have medical cannabis, and some now even have recreational cannabis, the glaring flaw in the US' marijuana laws is that while states are making changes, federally the plant is considered schedule 1. Now, why is that so ridiculous?
"Schedule I drugs, substances, or chemicals are defined as drugs with no currently accepted medical use and a high potential for abuse. Some examples of Schedule I drugs are:
heroin, lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD), marijuana (cannabis), 3,4-methylenedioxymethamphetamine (ecstasy), methaqualone, and peyote"
Oh, I didn't realize that cannabis was relatable to heroin... Maybe we should all stop smoking?...
Singapore Weed Laws
Singapore has some extremely strict marijuana laws. For those of us who have often bought more than 15 grams at one time, this would be a potential death penalty in this country. This complete insanity stems from the 1800s, when Singapore was one of the first countries to outlaw cannabis. You gotta love laws from 200 years ago still being there today. Be warned, smoking weed in Asia can be very risky, and is probably best left to the comfort of your own home (in a country far far away...)
UK Weed laws
This is Billy Caldwell and his mom
Many Americans seem to think that the UK will be miles ahead of other countries with their weed laws. Unfortunately, this Brit is here to tell you, this simply isn't the case. Take the recent example of BillY Caldwell, a boy from Northern Ireland (that's part of the UK by the way) who had his epilepsy medicine confiscated by the border patrols coming back from Canada. This potentially life-saving medicine is only available in dodgy shops across the country, and only then with exclusively CBD in it, where quality control is the last of people's worries. Furthermore, while the UK is one of the largest exporters of medical cannabis in the world, medical cannabis cannot be perscribed by doctors or even grown in your own house for personal medical use. The problem with the medication? It was a 20:1 CBD:THC ratio, as THC has been shown to increase the effectiveness of CBD as a medicine. Any product containing any amount of THC is considered illegal in the UK, maybe they should start growing CBD-only weed?