Countries Where Weed Is Illegal 2019

The legality of marijuana is a controversial subject. Some people believe that marijuana has medical benefits that can help with a variety of ailments, from controlling pain to helping control diseases like Parkinson’s.

Other people believe that marijuana should be able to be used recreationally. A common argument is that marijuana is a plant that is less dangerous than legal substances like alcohol or prescription medications.

Still others believe that marijuana is a gateway drug that leads to abuse of other drugs, including heroin or cocaine. For this reason, people believe that marijuana should be illegal.

In many countries around the world, government leaders mostly lean toward the negative aspects of marijuana. For this reason, it is still illegal in many nations around the country, although some nations have legalized it for medicinal use. The nations that have made it illegal to cultivate or use marijuana, either recreationally or medically, include:

Rank Flag Name Population 2019 Area Area (mi²) % of Earth's Area Growth Rate Region Subregion
1Indonesia270,625,5681,904,569 km²735,164 mi²1.28%1.10%AsiaSouth-Eastern Asia
2Nigeria200,963,599923,768 km²356,574 mi²0.62%2.60%AfricaWestern Africa
3Japan126,860,301377,930 km²145,881 mi²0.25%-0.27%AsiaEastern Asia
4Ethiopia112,078,7301,104,300 km²426,260 mi²0.74%2.61%AfricaEastern Africa
5Philippines108,116,615342,353 km²132,148 mi²0.23%1.37%AsiaSouth-Eastern Asia
6Tanzania58,005,463945,087 km²364,804 mi²0.64%3.00%AfricaEastern Africa
7Kenya52,573,973580,367 km²224,022 mi²0.39%2.30%AfricaEastern Africa
8South Korea51,225,308100,210 km²38,681 mi²< 0.1%0.10%AsiaEastern Asia
9Uganda44,269,594241,550 km²93,238 mi²0.16%3.61%AfricaEastern Africa
10Algeria43,053,0542,381,741 km²919,352 mi²1.60%1.95%AfricaNorthern Africa
11Sudan42,813,2381,886,068 km²728,022 mi²1.27%2.42%AfricaNorthern Africa
12Iraq39,309,783438,317 km²169,190 mi²0.30%2.28%AsiaWestern Asia
13Afghanistan38,041,754652,230 km²251,761 mi²0.44%2.34%AsiaSouthern Asia
14Saudi Arabia34,268,5282,149,690 km²829,780 mi²1.45%1.68%AsiaWestern Asia
15Uzbekistan32,981,716447,400 km²172,696 mi²0.30%1.56%AsiaCentral Asia
16Malaysia31,949,777330,803 km²127,690 mi²0.22%1.34%AsiaSouth-Eastern Asia
17Ghana30,417,856238,533 km²92,074 mi²0.16%2.19%AfricaWestern Africa
18Mozambique30,366,036801,590 km²309,414 mi²0.54%2.95%AfricaEastern Africa
19Yemen29,161,922527,968 km²203,796 mi²0.36%2.33%AsiaWestern Asia
20Venezuela28,515,829916,445 km²353,748 mi²0.62%-1.29%AmericasSouth America
21Madagascar26,969,307587,041 km²226,598 mi²0.40%2.69%AfricaEastern Africa
22Cameroon25,876,380475,442 km²183,521 mi²0.32%2.62%AfricaMiddle Africa
23Ivory Coast25,716,544322,463 km²124,471 mi²0.22%2.58%AfricaWestern Africa
24Taiwan23,773,87636,193 km²13,970 mi²< 0.1%0.20%AsiaEastern Asia
25Niger23,310,7151,267,000 km²489,062 mi²0.85%3.87%AfricaWestern Africa
26Burkina Faso20,321,378272,967 km²105,365 mi²0.18%2.89%AfricaWestern Africa
27Mali19,658,0311,240,192 km²478,714 mi²0.84%3.04%AfricaWestern Africa
28Malawi18,628,747118,484 km²45,735 mi²< 0.1%2.68%AfricaEastern Africa
29Zambia17,861,030752,612 km²290,508 mi²0.51%2.94%AfricaEastern Africa
30Guatemala17,581,472108,889 km²42,031 mi²< 0.1%1.93%AmericasCentral America
31Syria17,070,135185,180 km²71,479 mi²0.12%0.74%AsiaWestern Asia
32Senegal16,296,364196,722 km²75,935 mi²0.13%2.79%AfricaWestern Africa
33Chad15,946,8761,284,000 km²495,624 mi²0.86%3.03%AfricaMiddle Africa
34Somalia15,442,905637,657 km²246,136 mi²0.43%2.90%AfricaEastern Africa
35Guinea12,771,246245,857 km²94,901 mi²0.17%2.88%AfricaWestern Africa
36Rwanda12,626,95026,338 km²10,166 mi²< 0.1%2.64%AfricaEastern Africa
37Benin11,801,151112,622 km²43,472 mi²< 0.1%2.75%AfricaWestern Africa
38Tunisia11,694,719163,610 km²63,153 mi²0.11%1.12%AfricaNorthern Africa
39Burundi11,530,58027,834 km²10,744 mi²< 0.1%3.18%AfricaEastern Africa
40Cuba11,333,483109,884 km²42,415 mi²< 0.1%-0.04%AmericasCaribbean
41Haiti11,263,07727,750 km²10,712 mi²< 0.1%1.26%AmericasCaribbean
42South Sudan11,062,113619,745 km²239,222 mi²0.42%0.79%AfricaMiddle Africa
43Dominican Republic10,738,95848,671 km²18,787 mi²< 0.1%1.05%AmericasCaribbean
44Jordan10,101,69489,342 km²34,486 mi²< 0.1%1.37%AsiaWestern Asia
45Azerbaijan10,047,71886,600 km²33,428 mi²< 0.1%0.99%AsiaWestern Asia
46Sweden10,036,379450,295 km²173,814 mi²0.30%0.65%EuropeNorthern Europe
47United Arab Emirates9,770,52983,600 km²32,270 mi²< 0.1%1.45%AsiaWestern Asia
48Honduras9,746,117112,492 km²43,422 mi²< 0.1%1.65%AmericasCentral America
49Hungary9,684,67993,028 km²35,909 mi²< 0.1%-0.24%EuropeEastern Europe
50Belarus9,452,411207,600 km²80,134 mi²0.14%-0.00%EuropeEastern Europe
51Tajikistan9,321,018143,100 km²55,237 mi²< 0.1%2.42%AsiaCentral Asia
52Papua New Guinea8,776,109462,840 km²178,656 mi²0.31%1.97%OceaniaMelanesia
53Serbia8,772,23588,361 km²34,107 mi²< 0.1%-0.35%EuropeSouthern Europe
54Togo8,082,36656,785 km²21,919 mi²< 0.1%2.45%AfricaWestern Africa
55Sierra Leone7,813,21571,740 km²27,692 mi²< 0.1%2.13%AfricaWestern Africa
56Hong Kong7,436,1541,104 km²426 mi²< 0.1%0.87%AsiaEastern Asia
57Bulgaria7,000,119110,879 km²42,799 mi²< 0.1%-0.73%EuropeEastern Europe
58Lebanon6,855,71310,452 km²4,034 mi²< 0.1%-0.05%AsiaWestern Asia
59Libya6,777,4521,759,540 km²679,182 mi²1.19%1.48%AfricaNorthern Africa
60Nicaragua6,545,502130,373 km²50,324 mi²< 0.1%1.24%AmericasCentral America
61El Salvador6,453,55321,041 km²8,122 mi²< 0.1%0.51%AmericasCentral America
62Kyrgyzstan6,415,850199,951 km²77,181 mi²0.13%1.77%AsiaCentral Asia
63Turkmenistan5,942,089488,100 km²188,407 mi²0.33%1.56%AsiaCentral Asia
64Singapore5,804,337710 km²274 mi²< 0.1%0.81%AsiaSouth-Eastern Asia
65Slovakia5,457,01349,037 km²18,928 mi²< 0.1%0.07%EuropeEastern Europe
66Republic Of The Congo5,380,508342,000 km²132,012 mi²0.23%2.60%AfricaMiddle Africa
67Oman4,974,986309,500 km²119,467 mi²0.21%3.01%AsiaWestern Asia
68Liberia4,937,374111,369 km²42,988 mi²< 0.1%2.46%AfricaWestern Africa
69Ireland4,882,49570,273 km²27,125 mi²< 0.1%1.32%EuropeNorthern Europe
70Central African Republic4,745,185622,984 km²240,472 mi²0.42%1.69%AfricaMiddle Africa
71Mauritania4,525,6961,030,700 km²397,850 mi²0.69%2.78%AfricaWestern Africa
72Panama4,246,43975,417 km²29,111 mi²< 0.1%1.67%AmericasCentral America
73Kuwait4,207,08317,818 km²6,878 mi²< 0.1%1.69%AsiaWestern Asia
74Eritrea3,497,117117,600 km²45,394 mi²< 0.1%1.28%AfricaEastern Africa
75Bosnia And Herzegovina3,301,00051,209 km²19,767 mi²< 0.1%-0.69%EuropeSouthern Europe
76Mongolia3,225,1671,564,110 km²603,746 mi²1.05%1.73%AsiaEastern Asia
77Armenia2,957,73129,743 km²11,481 mi²< 0.1%0.20%AsiaWestern Asia
78Albania2,880,91728,748 km²11,097 mi²< 0.1%-0.06%EuropeSouthern Europe
79Qatar2,832,06711,586 km²4,472 mi²< 0.1%1.81%AsiaWestern Asia
80Lithuania2,759,62765,300 km²25,206 mi²< 0.1%-1.49%EuropeNorthern Europe
81Namibia2,494,530825,615 km²318,687 mi²0.56%1.89%AfricaSouthern Africa
82Gambia2,347,70610,689 km²4,126 mi²< 0.1%2.97%AfricaWestern Africa
83Botswana2,303,697582,000 km²224,652 mi²0.39%2.20%AfricaSouthern Africa
84Gabon2,172,579267,668 km²103,320 mi²0.18%2.52%AfricaMiddle Africa
85Guinea Bissau1,920,92236,125 km²13,944 mi²< 0.1%2.49%AfricaWestern Africa
86Latvia1,906,74364,559 km²24,920 mi²< 0.1%-1.13%EuropeNorthern Europe
87Bahrain1,641,172765 km²295 mi²< 0.1%4.57%AsiaWestern Asia
88Trinidad And Tobago1,394,9735,130 km²1,980 mi²< 0.1%0.37%AmericasCaribbean
89Equatorial Guinea1,355,98628,051 km²10,828 mi²< 0.1%3.59%AfricaMiddle Africa
90Mauritius1,269,6682,040 km²787 mi²< 0.1%0.20%AfricaEastern Africa
91Swaziland1,148,13017,364 km²6,703 mi²< 0.1%1.04%AfricaSouthern Africa
92Djibouti973,56023,200 km²8,955 mi²< 0.1%1.53%AfricaEastern Africa
93Fiji889,95318,272 km²7,053 mi²< 0.1%0.73%OceaniaMelanesia
94Comoros850,8861,862 km²719 mi²< 0.1%2.23%AfricaEastern Africa
95Guyana782,766214,969 km²82,978 mi²0.14%0.48%AmericasSouth America
96Bhutan763,09238,394 km²14,820 mi²< 0.1%1.15%AsiaSouthern Asia
97Solomon Islands669,82328,896 km²11,154 mi²< 0.1%2.60%OceaniaMelanesia
98Macau640,44530 km²12 mi²< 0.1%1.39%AsiaEastern Asia
99Montenegro627,98713,812 km²5,331 mi²< 0.1%0.03%EuropeSouthern Europe
100Suriname581,372163,820 km²63,235 mi²0.11%0.93%AmericasSouth America
101Cape Verde549,9354,033 km²1,557 mi²< 0.1%1.13%AfricaWestern Africa
102Maldives530,953300 km²116 mi²< 0.1%2.96%AsiaSouthern Asia
103Brunei433,2855,765 km²2,225 mi²< 0.1%1.01%AsiaSouth-Eastern Asia
104Bahamas389,48213,943 km²5,382 mi²< 0.1%1.00%AmericasCaribbean
105Iceland339,031103,000 km²39,758 mi²< 0.1%0.69%EuropeNorthern Europe
106Barbados287,025430 km²166 mi²< 0.1%0.13%AmericasCaribbean
107Sao Tome And Principe215,056964 km²372 mi²< 0.1%1.91%AfricaMiddle Africa
108Samoa197,0972,842 km²1,097 mi²< 0.1%0.49%OceaniaPolynesia
109Saint Lucia182,790616 km²238 mi²< 0.1%0.50%AmericasCaribbean
110Kiribati117,606811 km²313 mi²< 0.1%1.52%OceaniaMicronesia
111Micronesia113,815702 km²271 mi²< 0.1%1.04%OceaniaMicronesia
112Grenada112,003344 km²133 mi²< 0.1%0.49%AmericasCaribbean
113Saint Vincent And The Grenadines110,589389 km²150 mi²< 0.1%0.34%AmericasCaribbean
114Tonga104,494747 km²288 mi²< 0.1%1.26%OceaniaPolynesia
115Seychelles97,739452 km²174 mi²< 0.1%0.66%AfricaEastern Africa
116Andorra77,142468 km²181 mi²< 0.1%0.18%EuropeSouthern Europe
117Dominica71,808751 km²290 mi²< 0.1%0.26%AmericasCaribbean
118Marshall Islands58,791181 km²70 mi²< 0.1%0.65%OceaniaMicronesia
119Greenland56,6722,166,086 km²836,109 mi²1.46%0.19%AmericasNorthern America
120Saint Kitts And Nevis52,823261 km²101 mi²< 0.1%0.73%AmericasCaribbean
121Monaco38,9642.02 km²1 mi²< 0.1%0.73%EuropeWestern Europe
122Liechtenstein38,019160 km²62 mi²< 0.1%0.29%EuropeWestern Europe
123Palau18,008459 km²177 mi²< 0.1%0.56%OceaniaMicronesia
124Tuvalu11,64626 km²10 mi²< 0.1%1.20%OceaniaPolynesia
125Vatican City7990.44 km² mi²< 0.1%-0.25%EuropeSouthern Europe