As efforts to decriminialize marijuana use make significant gains in Latin American countries, a new TV channel in Chile is now making an attempt to win the hearts and minds of the public at large. It’s called Cultiva TV, and the people behind it want to dispel misinformation about marijuana consumption and educate Chileans about the “medicinal, cultural and spiritual” properties of getting high. The program doesn’t just aim to change the way people think about and consume weed, it also intends to address marijuana regulation around the world and cultivation of the cannabis plant.
In the first episode, Cultiva TV reporters sought to understand European drug regulation laws. They visited a marijuana coffee shop in Amsterdam and interviewed a patient with dystonia who was consuming cannabis to relieve her muscular convulsions. Host Cristián Ansaldo dons a marijuana-leaf print jacket and walks through a lush green lanscape as he introduces each new segment of the show.
Depending on where you live, having drugs on you can result in a pretty harsh penalty. Like death, for instance, as has happened in China, Singapore, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, and elsewhere. In some places, the penalties are the equivalent of a gentle spanking, while other places let you go hog wild. With Proposition 19 about to turn California into a weed-lovers' paradise—where possession of up to an ounce of marijuana will be perfectly legal for adults—we decided to take a look at five other places where you can get high, right now.