Marijuana users have always sought legal loopholes in countries where it is illegal to own or smoke it. Many people choose to buy marijuana seeds (which is legal in many places), then grow and smoke their own (which is not!) But every marijuana smoker has probably dreamed at one point or another of living in a country where marijuana is legal – or at least where the “rules” concerning possession are so lax that it is effectively legal.
Most people know about Holland’s famously relaxed laws regarding marijuana (which is why it doesn’t feature on the list below!) While no other country has achieved such high profile recognition for making marijuana legal, a number of places around the world have quietly relaxed their laws concerning possession for personal use. In most of these countries, possession still remains technically illegal, but penalties are not enforced if you are within certain guidelines – this is known as decriminalisation.
So, if living in a country where marijuana possession isn’t punished by the law sounds like heaven, here are five places you should consider emigrating!
After a recent court debate about whether or not to punish those who buy and grow marijuana, Argentina has effectively made marijuana legal if it is in small quantities for personal use. A leading judge in Argentina even decided that it was “unconstitutional” to legislate against marijuana possession! Those who buy marijuana seeds and grow their own are also leniently treated, so long as they are growing a small number of plants. The country is also notably supportive of several medical marijuana programs.
Before you go booking a one way ticket to Sydney, make sure you do your research. Different regions have different rules, but Western Australia, Southern Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Queensland have all decriminalised marijuana to a certain degree. In Tasmania, Victoria and Queensland, police have taken to “ticketing” those caught with less than 50 grams of marijuana rather than arresting them, and Western and Southern Australia have instituted on the spot fines for minor possession rather than official warnings or arrests.
Since 2003, the Belgian government has made the possession and use of marijuana legal under the following conditions:
The amount possessed is 5 grams or less
You are over 18
You do not smoke in the presence of minors
You do not smoke in public
You can buy marijuana seeds and grow them in Belgium without penalty – however, you are only allowed to own one female plant. The purchase and sale of marijuana is still illegal, but most Belgians simply get their marijuana in Holland.
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Colombia, has had relaxed laws concerning drug possession for over ten years. Possession of less than 20 grams of marijuana, one gram of cocaine and one gram of heroin is not considered to be illegal, although things may change - recent conservative governments have considered repealing this law to combat Colombia’s drug culture.
Unlike the other countries on this list, Nepal doesn’t have an actual decriminalisation policy towards marijuana – it’s rather that the laws they have are hardly ever enforced! Marijuana used to be legal in Nepal, making it a hippy Mecca in the 1960′s and early 70′s. It has been illegal since 1973 – not that you’d notice. Marijuana is widely available and used, especially by Nepalese holy men. Note that smuggling and growing are punished, but possession and personal use rarely are – if the police catch you smoking they will stop you, but only to collect a small bribe!
In the United States, legal marijuana growing is possible in 15 states with medical marijuana laws. However, do note that growing marijuana for recreational purposes is still illegal all over the US. There is a political movement however, that seeks to change that and if you want to do your part, simply participate in the local chapter of marijuana advocacy groups.
Before you start looking for marijuana seeds to plant, be sure that you do some research and grab a copy of your State’s laws regarding the matter. The 15 states which allow medical marijuana are Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, DC, Hawaii, Maine, Michigan, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Rhode Island and Washington. Growers of medical marijuana are called care-givers and can only give the marijuana to a limited number of people. The average limitation on the number of marijuana plants ranges from 6 to 12 mature plants. Some states have some exemptions to these and some even allow the patients themselves to grow their own marijuana.
Although not necessarily seen as a business, critics point out that that is how they are being operated nowadays. In California for example, these marijuana dispensaries are often themed to make themselves look more attractive. They do so by using neon sign and themes that often have similarities with popular fast food chains. If you do a search on Google, you will even find a marijuana dispensary that looks exactly like a KFC store. Some are even themed like a coffee shop and it wouldn’t be surprising to know that the number of marijuana dispensaries in California alone are now more than the number of McDonalds and Starbucks outlets in the state.
Always remember that when you decide to treat legal marijuana growing as a business, to get to know all the pertinent legislation concerning the matter.
Spring and summertime are the best times of the year for anyone but even better for the outdoor grower enthusiasts around the world. Indoor and outdoor growers alike know that there is nothing better that a long day sativa harvested and smoked at the end of the year. In my professional opinion there is nothing like tending to a beautiful crop, watching your tiny seedlings mature into lush trees. Since this is my favorite time of the year and I am getting ready to plant my crops, in this article I will give you my top locations for growing marijuana outdoors.
Backyard Gardens Backyard gardens provide the easiest access to your plants, giving you the chance to give them everything they need for maximum growth. The easy access also lets you take care of potential harmful problems such as insect infestation, mold or dehydration before it turns fatal. For patients with their medical license backyard gardens have been increasingly popular, returning the plant back to where it should be grown along side other backyard crops like tomatoes and greens. For the rest of the growers growing in backyards still includes the risk of getting caught. So if you have a place that is secure from neighbors and gets plenty of sunlight then you’ll be on your way to a perfect harvest.
Greenhouse A greenhouse is a compromise between indoors and out,greenhouses protect your plants from the worst of weather such as hard rain and strong winds, while at the same time providing all the natural sunlight the plants need. The downside of having a greenhouse would the upfront costs to put it together. Many growers use a method called light deprivation where they can induce early flowering by covering the greenhouse with tarps everyday to create the 12 hours of light and 12 hours of complete darkness. Growers are able to harvest many more crops throughout the season.
Rooftop Growing If you live in a home that has a tall rooftop or terrace that is not visible by peering eyes you can do what many new growers are doing world wide, growing on their rooftops. Growing on the rooftops or terrace elevates the plants towards the sun, in-turn creating bigger buds and heavier sugar production. The downfalls of the elevation is the wind will be much stronger and the temperatures will be much hotter, causing your plants to dry out faster.
All in all, I hope you can you this piece of information to your advantage, and Happy Growing!
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I have been in the medical profession for two decades.
I have seen, first hand how prescription drugs can be misused and abused by people from all walks of life. This can result in dependency/addiction, rebound/withdrawal symptoms, and many times even fatal overdoses. I have also seen how ineffective pharmaceutical “medicines” can be, many times requiring additional “medicines” to cope with the side effects of the initial “medicines.” Note how I quote that term – “medicines.” If you detect a note of sarcasm, then you are both perceptive and correct. I too used to think that marijuana was just a recreational drug, just a phase you went through, or just “something you did in your teenage years,” then outgrew.
But when a family member started suffering from severe and agonizing health problems, I learned a lot that really opened my eyes. The one thing that helped them through the pain and depression of their illness was marijuana. When they were medicated with it was the only time that they truly felt comfortable at all, could eat, or felt happy. However, guilt over doing something illegal (as absurd as that law is) also loomed over them, with the constant threat of losing their job, their livelihood, and even their freedom. So they decided to forego using marijuana, trusted their physician and the “medicines” that they were prescribed by them, and began taking what they were prescribed. They experienced much less-than-satisfactory results from these “medicines,” especially when compared to the results they knew they got from marijuana when they were using it. The side effects of some of the “medicines” included increased suicidal thoughts/tendencies, their emotional well-being suffered, and the pain was not controlled anywhere close to what marijuana had offered. After a few weeks of experiencing the results (or lack of results) of modern “medicine,” they tragically took their life.
This loss was very hard on our family.
While they were alive, they talked with me often about the value of marijuana, recommended I watch some educational films/shows about it, and encouraged me to read about it. I watched a couple of the things they recommended while they were still alive. But after they died, I dove in head first, learning all I could about this truly amazing plant.
What I learned intrigued me, amazed me, and especially angered me. I could not believe that my government was so unwilling to legalize a simple plant that is so beneficial in so many, many ways. The more I thought on this, and the more that I thought on the loss our family suffered (that marijuana had successfully staved off for years), the more I began to adopt a mindset of wanting to “do what I know to be best” rather than “do what my government says it wants” out of greed and corruption. I am not trying to preach to anyone, but what it comes down to is I live in a country that has said it is legal to drink alcohol as much as you want (which causes great domestic problems, DUI deaths), smoke cigarettes as much as you want (that kill almost half a million in my nation annually), take any assortment of prescription meds from however many doctors you can con them out of (that can kill you), even kill an unborn child — all legally.
Yet a plant, a God-made plant that is so beneficial and has been throughout history, that is not legal. I do not agree. You see, man has an innate knowledge of right and wrong, and most things that are illegal are also wrong to him personally, such as murder, rape, stealing, hurting or endangering another person, etc. Even most people who may do those things realize they are wrong. Most cultures throughout history have acknowledged those as wrong and I feel the same. But nothing inside me makes me feel at all that a plant should be illegal, especially a beneficial one that cannot be used to poison thousands of people or anything terrorist-like or harmful.
I realized that most of the “medicines” that members of my family were taking (pain pills, sleeping pills, muscle relaxers, nausea medication, antidepressants, anti-anxiety medication) were not only ineffective and necessitating other meds sometimes, but could A-L-L be substituted for with a much superior and God-made medicine, a simple plant that was free and unlimited. I then saw, outside our family, how folks were coping with illnesses like ALS, seizures, and other illnesses that can be helped with medical marijuana. No dangerous side effects, no withdrawal symptoms, no dependency issues, no potential for fatal overdose, no doctor’s opinion or prescription required, and no refill limit. I realized that even though I have seen deaths from virtually every type of “medicine” in use over the years, along with many from tobacco, alcohol, and the “hard” illegal drugs, I have never ever seen a death from marijuana. I have never even seen a domestic abuse case involving marijuana.
I only thought about it seriously for a couple of days before discussing it with my wife. She was reluctant at first, but also realized the overwhelming validity of what I was saying and the truth about the pharmaceutical industry (the largest industry in the world, with 2 lobbyists in Washington DC for every 1 politician there)
….. So I started reading about how to do it and buying the necessary equipment. I have only started, so we have not yet realized the benefits of the first harvest. But I know that they will be tremendous. And no, I am not growing marijuana for me to use or get high from. Although I do not think there is any harm in it and would probably enjoy it, for me to remain gainfully employed it is too large of a risk to take.
So that is where I am, and that is why I am growing medical marijuana. I encourage you to also investigate and educate yourself on this amazing plant, not just medicinally, but for the multitude of uses hemp has.
Don’t just do like I did and mindlessly assume that if it is illegal there are valid reasons. Don’t believe what other people tell you, including myself, but find out for yourself what the truth is (listening to all sides). Don’t listen to the propaganda that has been force-fed to us since the 30′s, listen to your inner voice of reason. If you are fortunate enough to live in an area where marijuana is voted on in any way, please make your voice heard. If you serve on a jury and the charge is marijuana possession, cast your vote with your heart and your conscience to send a message. Let’s stop imprisoning people for owning a plant.
Pharmaceutical companies and the multitude of privatized prisons (yes it is an industry) stand to lose a lot of money — that is why marijuana is illegal.
By Mj doctor
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After marijuana became legal in almost 14 states in the US, growing marijuana has become an American pastime. There are many reasons for this and one of the main reasons is for medical purpose. With the increased interest in growing marijuanaindoors, there are many guides available on the internet that people can use to grow marijuana on their own. However, growing, possessing or making use of marijuana is still a criminal offense and is punishable under the federal law. Although the 14 states have legalised the use of medical cannabis, it must be understand that growing is only legal to those who have acquired a license to do so. A license is only issued to patients of serious medical conditions who have the need to usemarijuana in the treatment of their conditions. Apart from the patients, it is those group of people who have acquired a license to operate a medical marijuana dispensary may grow the substance. In this article, I am not going to go into the details of growing this substance at home, but I will simply give an overview of how the process works. This may be useful for those who have acquired a medical marijuana registry card and are looking to grow marijuana at home.
There are four basic steps of growing medical marijuana indoors. These include the following:
1. Getting the seeds – the first and the most essential thing you need to grow marijuana is the seeds. There are many people who have a seed collection of one kind or the other and you can ask your friends whether they have the seeds you use to grow the plant.
2. Germinating the seeds – germinating the seed is a simple process. Although it is possible to get the plants by simply dropping the seeds in moist soil, it is recommended to germinate the seeds first so you can be sure of getting the plants. To germinate the seeds, you can use moist paper towels or a moist sponge.
You can place the seeds in between the paper towels or moist sponge and leave them for a day or two. In a day or two, you will notice that the seeds have already germinated.
3. Planting – once the seed has begun to sprout, you can plant it in moist soil.
4. Lighting – lighting is really important so make sure that you supply enough light to the plants. You can use artificial lights and hang them two inches above the soil.
These are the four basic steps for growing marijuana indoors.