Below is a list of the top 5 countries in regards to where cannabis is the cheapest and most expensive, based on the average price of a gram. The list was compiled using data from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime’s2014 World Drug Report, and from the cannabis pricing index website Price of Weed.
Here are the top 5 countries where cannabis is the cheapest:
Brazil’s government has legalized the use of the cannabis compound cannabidiol for medical purposes.
The announcement was made Wednesday by officials from the nation’s Health Surveillance Agency, who say that the country now recognizes the therapeutic properties of cannabidiol, saying it’s now a “controlled” substance and no longer illegal.
Those wanting to legally use cannabidiol will need to receive a recommendation from a physician, and have a qualifying condition such as epilepsy, multiple sclerosis and schizophrenia, among others.
A federal judge in Brazil has ruled that cannabis prohibition is unconstitutional, claiming it to be the result of a “backward culture and mistaken policy.”
The ruling, made by Judge Ernesto Frederico Cardoso Maciel, came as the result of a case in which a man was caught carrying 46 grams of cannabis, packed into 52 different bundles; he was arrested and charged for cannabis distribution.
Judge Maciel, however, acquitted the man, claiming that since cannabis prohibition isn’t a legal policy, the man should be free to go.
Last week seven former ministers of justice in Brazil submitted a petition to the country’s Supreme Court declaring that criminalizing individuals for personal drug use is entirely unconstitutional. The former justices served between the years of 1995 and 2010.
The Brazil Supreme Court will now begin reviewing whether or not what the former justices are saying is legally correct- at least in their opinion. If the Court decides that the illegality of personal drug use has no constitutional basis, it would set precedent across the country that would decriminalize the personal possession of all drugs – something that’s had hugely positive effects in Portugal.
In the petition, the former justices called the drug war “failed”, stating that “treating a user as a citizen, by offering them structured treatment through harm-reducing policies, is more effective than stigmatizing them as a criminal.”