Cannabis in Costa Rica

The consumption of Cannabis in Costa Rica is nominally illegal; however, personal consumption does not carry any criminal penalties. The sale of marijuana, however, can be punished criminally.[1]


Laws in Costa Rica are vague on the topic of the legality of marijuana. According to The Costa Rica News, “The Narcotics Law No. 8204 says that it’s illegal to sell and produce marijuana on a big scale. It’s also illegal to carry marijuana of more than a small dose. That said, the law doesn’t specify how much marijuana qualifies as a ‘small dose’ or if it’s legal to grow the plant for personal use.”[2] Many have interpreted this vagueness in the law to mean personal consumption in small dosages are legal in private areas.


  1. ^ Brosious, Emily (20 January 2016). “Landmark ruling upholds de facto marijuana decriminalization in Costa Rica”. Retrieved 8 December 2016.
  2. ^ Marijuana in Costa Rica: Laws, History and Potential. The Costa Rica News. 18 December 2015.