Cannabis in Peru is not illegal for recreational use,[1] possession for own consumption is also decriminalized by the Criminal Code and medical cannabis was legalized in 2017.


Possession of under 8 grams is considered personal use and it is not punished.[2][3][4][5]

Cultivation, production or sale is punished with 8 to 15 years in prison.[6][7]

Medical cannabis[edit]

In 2017, the administration of President Pedro Pablo Kuczynski announced a plan to legalize medical cannabis in Peru. The announcement followed a raid in Lima, in which police shut down an operation which produced cannabis medicines for 80 members whose children suffered from epilepsy and other ailments.[8] Later that year, by a vote of 68 to 5, Peru's congress legalized cannabis oil for medical use.[9]


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