Legality of Cannabis by U.S. Jurisdiction

Cannabis in Peru is not legal 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]

In June 2021, Cannabis & Co. opened the first legal dispensary in Peru for the sale of medicinal marijuana[10] after obtaining signed consent (permits) from the following four Peruvian government entities:

  1. General Directorate of Medicines
  2. Supplies and Drugs (Digemid)
  3. Ministry of Health (Minsa)
  4. Anti-Drug Directorate of the National Police[11]

For the opening, Cannabis & Co. registered three Cannabis brands from three different countries; Futura Farms (Peru), Epifractan (Uruguay), and Cannabidiol Life (United States).[12]


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  3. ^ "Ley Nº 28002" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2013-10-06. Retrieved 2016-11-23.
  4. ^ "Código Penal. Decreto Legislativo Nº 635".
  5. ^ Manuel Vigo. "Peru rules out proposals to legalize marijuana". Archived from the original on 20 November 2015. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  6. ^ "Legalización de la marihuana en Perú a debate". Peru21. 19 July 2014. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  7. ^ TNI. "Peru - Drug Law Reform in Latin America". Retrieved 25 February 2016.
  8. ^ Peru's government proposes to legalise medical marijuana | The Independent
  9. ^ "Medical marijuana is now legal in Peru". 21 October 2017.
  10. ^ "Miraflores: Abren dispensatorio para venta de cannabis medicinal". América Noticias (in Spanish). Retrieved 2021-06-04.
  11. ^ PERU21, NOTICIAS (2021-06-02). "Miraflores: abren primer dispensario que pone a la venta cannabis medicinal Digemid Dirandro nndc | LIMA". Peru21 (in Spanish). Retrieved 2021-06-04.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  12. ^ Abren dispensatorio para venta de cannabis medicinal en Miraflores | Primera Edición, retrieved 2021-06-04