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(f) The impossibility of compliance as a result of measures taken by the Powers of the State with the corresponding compensation by the State.

All of the above, without prejudice to any penalties that may apply for any criminal offences.

ARTICLE 32- Collection and destination of fines


ARTICLE 13- Licensing

ARTICLE 22- Creation of tax on exports of products derived from Cannabis Sativa, its varieties and hemp
A tax is established on the amount of export of products derived from Cannabis Sativa, its varieties and hemp, authorized by the Ministry of Public Health through this law, exclusively for those with a category A license.

ARTICLE 17- Procedure for licensing for industrial and food production of hemp
Hemp exploitation licenses for industrial and food purposes shall be granted by the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock by reasoned resolution.
In order to obtain a license, interested parties must demonstrate transparency in the origin of their funds, have a legal and ethical trajectory and comply with the provisions of the Law on Narcotic Drugs, Psychotropic Substances, Drugs for Unauthorized Use, Related Activities, Capital Legitimization and Financing to Terrorism, Law No. 7786 of April 30, 1998, and its reforms.


ARTICLE 12- Licenses

ARTICLE 23- Taxpayers

Growing marijuana in costa rica

A quick look at CostaRicatraveltips reveals that marijuana in Costa Rica can be readily found, and is smoked throughout the beach towns of Puerto Viejo and Cahuita. The author even makes so bold a statement that “If you can’t find weed in Puerto Viejo or Cauhita then you are stupid.”

Common suggestions for local procurement include Taxi drivers, Airbnb hosts that are “420 friendly” and on the beach.

A recent Quora discussion on weed laws in Costa Rica, reveals that some international travelers did take the risk and successfully bring in small amounts, either as one Dutch traveler describes, for medical usage, or another describes for recreational usage which ensued in a close call and travel warning. But the general consensus on Tripadvisor and CostaRica Travel Tips is if you want to smoke, get it locally and do it responsibly.

Costa Rican attitudes on weed

One of the more famous instances involved local attorney Mario Alberto Cordas who cultivated a marijuana plant on his porch for personal usage, despite his apartment being situated directly across from the OIJ, Costa Rica’s federal law enforcement agency. Cordas was prosecuted and dealt an imprisonment sentence, however, he fought back legally. In 2016, he was absolved of the charges.

Additionally, a 2015 study published by the University of Costa Rica shared that almost 20% of students tried weed, and 7.8% reported it was easy to acquire locally. One could postulate that since personal usage was legalized in 2018, those numbers have risen significantly.

How much imprisonment, you ask? An average of 8-10 years.

Travel to Costa Rica: can you buy or bring marijuana products?

Over the last decade or two, however, as increased research regarding the medical benefits of cannabis began to surface, as well as other countries and states like Colorado, California, Spain, Portugal, Croatia, and Russia all relaxed their cannabis laws, the Costa Rican government started to experience some serious pushback from its local residents.

Costa Ricans tend to generally embrace the use of cannabis, as the recent push for its legalization demonstrates. According to findings published in 2019, Costa Rica ranks 6th amongst Latin American countries for its percentage of the population that identifies as frequent marijuana users, with 3% of local residents making the claim.

Growing marijuana in costa rica

What could be better than enjoying crystal clear water and making memories with the people you love? Absolutely nothing, except if you make the destination of this dream trip Costa Rica! There are.

[Update on October 9, 2020]

Speaking of Puerto Viejo and Cahuita, one of our Costa Rica insiders, Marie Gomez, wrote a guide to these towns, outlining great places to eat, drink and enjoy fun activities.

[Update January 2, 2020]

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Phrases like “ 420 friendly ” on AirBnB indicate that the host is marijuana-friendly.

Most towns and communities are built around a church and an adjacent park. There is usually at least one person in the park that is selling.

Cerdas was charged with cultivating marijuana for growing pot plants on the outdoor terrace of his home, which faced the building that houses Costa Rica’s federal law enforcement agency, the OIJ. He was charged, arrested, and spent five months in preventative detention without bail.

Mario Alberto Cerdas: Costa Rican Cannabis Pioneer

There are multiple efforts in the National Assembly, Costa Rica’s legislative body, to establish a medical marijuana program.

Additionally, there is an effort to legalize production for export. Proponents cite a 2017 Deloitte Canada report indicating that approximately 350 million people live in jurisdictions where cannabis legal and may be imported.