Chart of the week: World-wide weed

I mentioned earlier last week that in Colorado, you can still get in trouble for using marijuana. That got me thinking – what is the penalty (if any) for using weed in other places?

I found the answer in the form of this map from, which advocates for the legalization of cannabis. Obviously, the site is biased, but I was able to cross reference their map with some other sources and it paints an accurate picture (click to enlarge).


Red vs. blue (click on the image to enlarge).

One thing I didn’t expect to see was the amount of light blue in the US. Several states (11) have already decriminalized cannabis, which means that you can’t get more than a ticket for having it. A lot of activists are pushing to make that a federal law, and they point to countries like Portugal as examples of places where¬†decriminalization has actually led to less drug usage.

Did you see anything on the map that surprised you? Leave a message in the comments.

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3 comments on “Chart of the week: World-wide weed
  1. Thanks DYNAMO. Real good picture of the status of Marijuana around our world. Very interesting.


    • Thanks for the response. I always like to provide people with unbiased and accurate information on hot-button topics like legalization so they can make their own decisions based on solid evidence. I hope this helped you to do exactly that!

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