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:

Flag Name Area Population 2019 Growth Rate
Indonesia1,904,569 km²269,536,4821.03%
Nigeria923,768 km²200,962,4172.60%
Japan377,930 km²126,854,745-0.26%
Ethiopia1,104,300 km²110,135,6352.42%
Philippines342,353 km²108,106,3101.50%
Tanzania945,087 km²60,913,5573.08%
Kenya580,367 km²52,214,7912.48%
South Korea100,210 km²51,339,2380.34%
Uganda241,550 km²45,711,8743.26%
Algeria2,381,741 km²42,679,0181.60%
Sudan1,886,068 km²42,514,0942.42%
Iraq438,317 km²40,412,2992.73%
Afghanistan652,230 km²37,209,0072.30%
Saudi Arabia2,149,690 km²34,140,6621.75%
Uzbekistan447,400 km²32,807,3681.37%
Venezuela916,445 km²32,779,8681.23%
Malaysia330,803 km²32,454,4551.29%
Mozambique801,590 km²31,408,8232.88%
Ghana238,533 km²30,096,9702.15%
Yemen527,968 km²29,579,9862.30%
Madagascar587,041 km²26,969,6422.69%
Ivory Coast322,463 km²25,531,0832.51%
Cameroon475,442 km²25,312,9932.57%
Taiwan36,193 km²23,758,2470.27%
Niger1,267,000 km²23,176,6913.88%
Burkina Faso272,967 km²20,321,5602.89%
Malawi118,484 km²19,718,7432.89%
Mali1,240,192 km²19,689,1403.04%
Syria185,180 km²18,499,1811.17%
Zambia752,612 km²18,137,3693.00%
Guatemala108,889 km²17,577,8421.93%
Senegal196,722 km²16,743,8592.76%
Chad1,284,000 km²15,814,3453.00%
Somalia637,657 km²15,636,1712.99%
Guinea245,857 km²13,398,1802.65%
South Sudan619,745 km²13,263,1842.66%
Rwanda26,338 km²12,794,4122.35%
Benin112,622 km²11,801,5952.75%
Tunisia163,610 km²11,783,1681.06%
Burundi27,834 km²11,575,9643.21%
Cuba109,884 km²11,492,0460.03%
Haiti27,750 km²11,242,8561.17%
Dominican Republic48,671 km²10,996,7741.05%
Jordan89,342 km²10,069,7941.68%
Sweden450,295 km²10,053,1350.71%
Azerbaijan86,600 km²10,014,5750.91%
United Arab Emirates83,600 km²9,682,0881.47%
Hungary93,028 km²9,655,361-0.35%
Honduras112,492 km²9,568,6881.61%
Belarus207,600 km²9,433,874-0.19%
Tajikistan143,100 km²9,292,0002.03%
Serbia88,361 km²8,733,407-0.33%
Papua New Guinea462,840 km²8,586,5252.00%
Togo56,785 km²8,186,3842.45%
Sierra Leone71,740 km²7,883,1232.12%
Hong Kong1,104 km²7,490,7760.83%
Bulgaria110,879 km²6,988,739-0.68%
Libya1,759,540 km²6,569,8641.53%
El Salvador21,041 km²6,445,4050.53%
Nicaragua130,373 km²6,351,1571.06%
Kyrgyzstan199,951 km²6,218,6161.40%
Lebanon10,452 km²6,065,922-0.45%
Turkmenistan488,100 km²5,942,5611.56%
Singapore710 km²5,868,1041.32%
Republic Of The Congo342,000 km²5,542,1972.64%
Slovakia49,037 km²5,450,9870.02%
Eritrea117,600 km²5,309,6592.35%
Oman309,500 km²5,001,8753.56%
Liberia111,369 km²4,977,7202.56%
Ireland70,273 km²4,847,1390.90%
Central African Republic622,984 km²4,825,7111.86%
Mauritania1,030,700 km²4,661,1492.67%
Kuwait17,818 km²4,248,9741.24%
Panama75,417 km²4,226,1971.53%
Bosnia And Herzegovina51,209 km²3,501,774-0.05%
Mongolia1,564,110 km²3,166,2441.42%
Albania28,748 km²2,938,4280.14%
Armenia29,743 km²2,936,7060.09%
Lithuania65,300 km²2,864,459-0.42%
Qatar11,586 km²2,743,9011.82%
Namibia825,615 km²2,641,9962.09%
Botswana582,000 km²2,374,6361.78%
Gambia10,689 km²2,228,0752.97%
Gabon267,668 km²2,109,0992.01%
Guinea Bissau36,125 km²1,953,7232.44%
Latvia64,559 km²1,911,108-0.98%
Bahrain765 km²1,637,8964.52%
Swaziland17,364 km²1,415,4141.73%
Trinidad And Tobago5,130 km²1,375,4430.21%
Equatorial Guinea28,051 km²1,360,1043.52%
Mauritius2,040 km²1,271,3680.24%
Djibouti23,200 km²985,6901.47%
Fiji18,272 km²918,7570.71%
Comoros1,862 km²850,9102.23%
Bhutan38,394 km²826,2291.12%
Guyana214,969 km²786,5080.55%
Macau30 km²642,0901.53%
Solomon Islands28,896 km²635,2541.92%
Montenegro13,812 km²629,3550.02%
Suriname163,820 km²573,0850.84%
Cape Verde4,033 km²560,3491.27%
Maldives300 km²451,7381.68%
Brunei5,765 km²439,3361.21%
Bahamas13,943 km²403,0950.95%
Iceland103,000 km²340,5660.82%
Barbados430 km²287,0100.22%
Sao Tome And Principe964 km²213,3792.18%
Samoa2,842 km²198,9090.61%
Saint Lucia616 km²180,4540.44%
Kiribati811 km²120,4281.70%
Saint Vincent And The Grenadines389 km²110,4880.26%
Tonga747 km²110,0410.95%
Grenada344 km²108,8250.45%
Micronesia702 km²106,9830.71%
Seychelles452 km²95,7020.49%
Andorra468 km²77,0720.15%
Dominica751 km²74,6790.50%
Greenland2,166,086 km²56,6730.19%
Saint Kitts And Nevis261 km²56,3450.89%
Marshall Islands181 km²53,2110.08%
Monaco2.02 km²39,1020.53%
Liechtenstein160 km²38,4040.65%
Palau459 km²22,2061.10%
Tuvalu26 km²11,3930.94%
Vatican City0.44 km²799-0.25%