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Where in the World is Cannabis Legal? by Aron Vaughan

Cannabis has a complicated legal status in many countries. In the U.S., states have individual laws regarding medical and adult-use. Additionally, the rise in hemp-derived products like delta-8 THC and CBD can make it even more challenging to discern what is and isn’t legal when crossing state lines. 

Keeping up with the latest developments in cannabis legislation can be time-consuming and confusing, which is why we have curated a comprehensive list of the legal status of THC, CBD, delta-8 and other hemp-derived cannabinoids around the world. 

U.S.A.

CBD: CBD derived from hemp is now legal anywhere in the U.S. thanks to the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. Hemp is cannabis that contains less than .3 percent THC. CBD derived from cannabis with more than .3% THC is still federally illegal.

Cannabis with THC concentrations higher than .3%, and any CBD derived from it, is still classified as a Schedule I drug.

Delta-8: Delta-8 is currently federally legal under the 2018 Hemp Bill, but state legislatures have banned the substance in Alaska, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Montana, New York, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Utah, and Washington.

THC-O: THC-O is currently federally legal and sold in 38 states. States that limit the use of cannabinoids that were made legal under the 2018 farm bill include: 

AlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoDelawareIdahoIowaMississippiMontanaNebraskaNevadaUtah

Delta-9 THC for Adult-Use: According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 19 states and the District of Columbia have legalized the adult use of cannabis for recreational purposes.

While cannabis flower and extracts containing more than .3% delta-9 THC are still federally illegal in the U.S., states that allow the manufacturing and sale of the plant and its related products such as tinctures, edibles, concentrates, and beverages include:

Alaska Arizona California Colorado Connecticut Illinois Maine Massachusetts Michigan MontanaNew Jersey New Mexico New York Nevada OregonRhode Island Vermont VirginiaWashington 

Residents of Arkansas, Maryland, Missouri, North Dakota and South Dakota will vote on recreational cannabis amendments in November.  

Cannabis with THC concentrations higher than .3%, and any CBD derived from it, is still classified as a Schedule I drug.

Delta-9 THC for Medical Use: As of July 2022, 38 states and territories have legalized the medical use of cannabis to varying degrees including: 

Alaska Alabama Arizona Arkansas California Colorado ConnecticutDelaware Florida GuamHawaii Illinois Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Dakota Northern Mariana IslandsOhioOklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Puerto RicoRhode Island South Dakota U.S. Virgin IslandsUtah Vermont Virginia WashingtonWashington D.C.  West Virginia

International

CBD: Many countries around the world have legalized CBD for cosmetic, food, and recreational use. Countries where CBD is legal include:

Poland – THC < 0.2%Germany – THC < 0.2%Austria – THC <0.3%The Netherlands – THC < 0.05%, above this limit it is a pharmaceutical productFrance – THC < 0.00%Belgium – THC < 0.2% – prescription requiredUK – THC < 0.2%, but only as a dietary supplementNorthern Ireland – THC < 0.2%Southern Ireland – THC 0.00%Iceland – no legal regulations concerning CBD, but a very strict marijuana lawSpain – THC < 0.2%, for external use onlyPortugal – on prescriptionLuxembourg – THC < 0.2%Switzerland – THC < 1%Greece and North Macedonia – THC < 0.2%Czech Republic – THC < 1%Hungary – THC < 0.2%Malta – legal marihuana for personal useGeorgia – THC 0.00%Cyprus – THC < 0.3%Romania – THC < 0.2%, for medical use onlySlovenia – THC < 0.2%Slovakia – illegalItaly – THC < 0.6%Croatia – THC < 0.2%Bulgaria – THC < 0.2%Norway – THC 0.00%Sweden – THC 0.00%Denmark – THC < 0.2%, prescription requiredFinland – THC < 0.2%, prescription requiredEstonia – THC < 0.2%,Latvia – THC<0.2%

Delta-8: As of October, 2022, the U.S. is the only country that clearly differentiates between cannabis and hemp/CBD products. In all other countries, Delta-8-THC is considered a cannabis product. THC-O falls into the same category as delta-8.

Delta-9 THC for Medical Use: Countries that have legalized cannabis or cannabis-derived products for medical use include: 

ArgentinaAustralia BarbadosBrazilCanada ChileColombiaCosta RicaCroatiaCyprus Czech Republic DenmarkEcuador Finland Georgia GermanyGreece Ireland Israel ItalyJamaicaLebanon Lithuania LuxembourgMalawi Malta MexicoNetherlands New Zealand North MacedoniaNorway PanamaPeru Poland Portugal Rwanda Saint Vincent and the Grenadines San MarinoSouth Africa Sri LankaSwitzerland ThailandUnited Kingdom UruguayVanuatuZambia Zimbabwe

Delta-9 Decriminalization by Country: Decriminalization is a blanket term countries use to indicate the use of cannabis is not prosecuted, but may not be legal to buy and sell outright.

Laws and regulations still differ by region, state, and local customs, however. Some countries that have medical cannabis programs have also decriminalized the plant. Countries that currently consider cannabis to be decriminalized include: 

Antigua and Barbuda ArgentinaAustralia (Northern Territory and South Australia, plus ACT) Austria Barbados (if you’re a registered Rastafarian)BelgiumBelizeBermuda Bolivia Chile Colombia Costa RicaCroatia Czech Republic Dominica Ecuador Estonia Israel Italy Jamaica Luxembourg Malta Mexico Moldova Paraguay Peru Portugal Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Slovenia Switzerland Trinidad and Tobago

Delta-9 THC for Adult-Use: The international list of recreational cannabis is significantly shorter than that of medical, but several countries have taken the leap of fully legalizing cannabis for adult-use:

CanadaGeorgia Malta Mexico South Africa Thailand Uruguay

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TESTSTSARDSAR

Where in the World is Cannabis Legal? by Aron Vaughan

Cannabis has a complicated legal status in many countries. In the U.S., states have individual laws regarding medical and adult-use. Additionally, the rise in hemp-derived products like delta-8 THC and CBD can make it even more challenging to discern what is and isn’t legal when crossing state lines. 

Keeping up with the latest developments in cannabis legislation can be time-consuming and confusing, which is why we have curated a comprehensive list of the legal status of THC, CBD, delta-8 and other hemp-derived cannabinoids around the world. 

U.S.A.

CBD: CBD derived from hemp is now legal anywhere in the U.S. thanks to the passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. Hemp is cannabis that contains less than .3 percent THC. CBD derived from cannabis with more than .3% THC is still federally illegal.

Cannabis with THC concentrations higher than .3%, and any CBD derived from it, is still classified as a Schedule I drug.

Delta-8: Delta-8 is currently federally legal under the 2018 Hemp Bill, but state legislatures have banned the substance in Alaska, Colorado, Delaware, Idaho, Iowa, Montana, New York, Nevada, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Vermont, Utah, and Washington.

THC-O: THC-O is currently federally legal and sold in 38 states. States that limit the use of cannabinoids that were made legal under the 2018 farm bill include: 

AlaskaArizonaArkansasCaliforniaColoradoDelawareIdahoIowaMississippiMontanaNebraskaNevadaUtah

Delta-9 THC for Adult-Use: According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, 19 states and the District of Columbia have legalized the adult use of cannabis for recreational purposes.

While cannabis flower and extracts containing more than .3% delta-9 THC are still federally illegal in the U.S., states that allow the manufacturing and sale of the plant and its related products such as tinctures, edibles, concentrates, and beverages include:

Alaska Arizona California Colorado Connecticut Illinois Maine Massachusetts Michigan MontanaNew Jersey New Mexico New York Nevada OregonRhode Island Vermont VirginiaWashington 

Residents of Arkansas, Maryland, Missouri, North Dakota and South Dakota will vote on recreational cannabis amendments in November.  

Cannabis with THC concentrations higher than .3%, and any CBD derived from it, is still classified as a Schedule I drug.

Delta-9 THC for Medical Use: As of July 2022, 38 states and territories have legalized the medical use of cannabis to varying degrees including: 

Alaska Alabama Arizona Arkansas California Colorado ConnecticutDelaware Florida GuamHawaii Illinois Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Dakota Northern Mariana IslandsOhioOklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Puerto RicoRhode Island South Dakota U.S. Virgin IslandsUtah Vermont Virginia WashingtonWashington D.C.  West Virginia

International

CBD: Many countries around the world have legalized CBD for cosmetic, food, and recreational use. Countries where CBD is legal include:

Poland – THC < 0.2%Germany – THC < 0.2%Austria – THC <0.3%The Netherlands – THC < 0.05%, above this limit it is a pharmaceutical productFrance – THC < 0.00%Belgium – THC < 0.2% – prescription requiredUK – THC < 0.2%, but only as a dietary supplementNorthern Ireland – THC < 0.2%Southern Ireland – THC 0.00%Iceland – no legal regulations concerning CBD, but a very strict marijuana lawSpain – THC < 0.2%, for external use onlyPortugal – on prescriptionLuxembourg – THC < 0.2%Switzerland – THC < 1%Greece and North Macedonia – THC < 0.2%Czech Republic – THC < 1%Hungary – THC < 0.2%Malta – legal marihuana for personal useGeorgia – THC 0.00%Cyprus – THC < 0.3%Romania – THC < 0.2%, for medical use onlySlovenia – THC < 0.2%Slovakia – illegalItaly – THC < 0.6%Croatia – THC < 0.2%Bulgaria – THC < 0.2%Norway – THC 0.00%Sweden – THC 0.00%Denmark – THC < 0.2%, prescription requiredFinland – THC < 0.2%, prescription requiredEstonia – THC < 0.2%,Latvia – THC<0.2%

Delta-8: As of October, 2022, the U.S. is the only country that clearly differentiates between cannabis and hemp/CBD products. In all other countries, Delta-8-THC is considered a cannabis product. THC-O falls into the same category as delta-8.

Delta-9 THC for Medical Use: Countries that have legalized cannabis or cannabis-derived products for medical use include: 

ArgentinaAustralia BarbadosBrazilCanada ChileColombiaCosta RicaCroatiaCyprus Czech Republic DenmarkEcuador Finland Georgia GermanyGreece Ireland Israel ItalyJamaicaLebanon Lithuania LuxembourgMalawi Malta MexicoNetherlands New Zealand North MacedoniaNorway PanamaPeru Poland Portugal Rwanda Saint Vincent and the Grenadines San MarinoSouth Africa Sri LankaSwitzerland ThailandUnited Kingdom UruguayVanuatuZambia Zimbabwe

Delta-9 Decriminalization by Country: Decriminalization is a blanket term countries use to indicate the use of cannabis is not prosecuted, but may not be legal to buy and sell outright.

Laws and regulations still differ by region, state, and local customs, however. Some countries that have medical cannabis programs have also decriminalized the plant. Countries that currently consider cannabis to be decriminalized include: 

Antigua and Barbuda ArgentinaAustralia (Northern Territory and South Australia, plus ACT) Austria Barbados (if you’re a registered Rastafarian)BelgiumBelizeBermuda Bolivia Chile Colombia Costa RicaCroatia Czech Republic Dominica Ecuador Estonia Israel Italy Jamaica Luxembourg Malta Mexico Moldova Paraguay Peru Portugal Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Slovenia Switzerland Trinidad and Tobago

Delta-9 THC for Adult-Use: The international list of recreational cannabis is significantly shorter than that of medical, but several countries have taken the leap of fully legalizing cannabis for adult-use:

CanadaGeorgia Malta Mexico South Africa Thailand Uruguay

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