I travel a bit so am flexible where I live, and have taken a recent interest in chemistry to try to gain an understanding of physical reality. I find learning from textbooks to be good, but want to have the comfort of applying a lot of this knowledge in my own lab. To see and feel how it works first hand. From my understanding, the west has a huge paranoia with clandestine chemistry, which is of no interest to me. However, it seems a vast quantity of common reagents and catalysts in organic chemistry books are banned in western countries due to this.
Would someone know how it's possible to practice amateur chemistry from home, without fear of accidentally breaking the law by using some reagent I'm not supposed to? And if not, what would be the best way to gain hands-on experience like this, where I can have complete freedom to experiment with what I want to do? I find at university I'm limited to lab sessions, and if one day I gain employment with a lab I'd no doubt not be free to conduct my own experiments. I wish to emphasize, I'm financially independent from my chemical studies, so purchasing the equipment isn't the issue. It's the legality I'm concerned about.
Is there an option to do this, to pursue amateur knowledge in chemistry, or is it illegal? Is there a country in which it isn't illegal?