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Cannabis laws in San Marino

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Medical: legal, limited 
Recreational: illegal

A limited form of medical marijuana has been legal in San Marino since 2016. Recreational cannabis is not legal, despite a 2019 citizen’s initiative that called for legalization. 

San Marino is a mountainous microstate that is enclosed by Italy on all sides. In 2019 the Parliament approved a citizen’s proposal to regulate recreational use of cannabis, but backtracked in March 2020, saying they would wait to follow the lead of Italy. The initiative would have allowed for personal possession of up to 30 grams and four plants for home grow. 

Cannabis use is not uncommon in San Marino, despite its illegal status, and many visitors find it easy to buy the plant. However, the laws don’t differentiate between soft drugs and hard drugs. Smoking in public or being caught with cannabis can either get your stash confiscated or you could be arrested, depending on how much you have. 

San Marino medical marijuana program 

Established in 2016 by a citizen’s initiative, patients can purchase cannabis-based medicines like Sativex to treat a number of approved conditions including multiple sclerosis, spine injuries, and neuropathic pain. This medication is provided at no cost to residents of the country. The program does not include cannabis flower or home grow. 

In 2021, San Marino started a medical marijuana partnership with Italy to research, develop, and share information on medical products, devices, pharmaceutical raw materials, clinical trials, and continuing education. 

CBD has not been specifically legalized in San Marino. While the Court of the European Union has recognized CBD as “not a narcotic,” this small country is not part of the European Union and does not need to recognize the ruling. 

Can you grow your own weed?

No, you cannot legally grow your own weed in San Marino. 

Can you bring or buy cannabis products?

While recreational cannabis is not legal, you may be able to purchase flower or cannabis products via the black market during your visit. 

Do not bring cannabis products into San Marino. Not only is the plant illegal, crossing international borders with cannabis can be considered drug trafficking.

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