Marijuana is also referred to as weed, pot, grass, bud, ganja and even “stuff” in the streets. Marijuana is rolled up as joints and smoked up to get high or ‘stoned’. It is because of the psychoactive drug that Marijuana contains, namely tetrahydrocannabinol (THC). This drug is released from the buds when it is exposed to heat. It has been the longest and one of the most heated discussions whether smoking Marijuana should be legalized or not. Although, it is illegal in most countries around the globe, there are some places where the smoking and possession of marijuana is legal, if done within limits. Some places where marijuana is legal are:
• The US: In various states of the US, smoking weed for medical use is legal. Among these are Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania. Rhode Island, Vermont, Washington, DC and West Virginia.
• Uruguay: Outside the US, Uruguay is the first country to fully legalize Marijuana.
• Netherlands: It is not a pronounced law but, Netherlands tolerates its citizens to grow and keep marijuana.
• North Korea: Either the law goes unheeded here or there exists no such law but, North Korea allows its citizens to smoke up weed.
• Belgium: Belgium allows its citizens to grow marijuana and keep it. However, they do have a system in place where the possession is limited to a certain limit.
• Cambodia: The Khmers not only allow its people to smoke up but they also use weed in various of their cuisines.
• Canada: Canada is widely known for the policy of tolerance that it has. Smoking up a joint is not seen as a criminal offence here.
• Colorado: Possession of pot is not a crime in Colorado. However, the limit is up to one ounce.
• Columbia: Columbia also follows the same law as Belgium and Colorado. It is not illegal to have weed in possession; however, it should be under 22 grams.
• Costa Rica: A de facto decriminalization policy of possession has been upheld throughout the country, and there’s no minimum or maximum amount assigned as of yet.
Constant research has been going on in this field to determine the effects of marijuana on the brain. While many researchers say that smoking marijuana is ultimately bad for the brain as it damages certain cells and makes the brain prone to suffer from conditions like short term memory loss, amnesia etc. It cannot be refuted that marijuana has certain other benefits. If done within limits, marijuana can actually be used like a medicine.