Growing Marijuana for Private Use is Now Legal in Costa Rica
Starting August 2018, growing a small amount of marijuana plants is legal for those who use it for personal use in Costa Rica. The Third Judicial Chamber of Costa Rica, by means of a resolution, ratified that the cultivation of marijuana is legal if it is only for private consumption.
The resolution was based on the case of local lawyer Mario Alberto Cerdas who had been accused by the Alajuela Prosecutor’s Office of illegally growing marijuana plants in the corridor of his house.
Although Cerdas was accused of cultivating Cannabis Sativa (marijuana) between 2014 and 2015, the lawyers in charge of the investigation could not and did not prove whether the same plant was given or sold to other people.
It should be noted that in January 2016, the Criminal Court of Alajuela acquitted Mario Cerdas of a marijuana cultivation offense and, in January 2018, the San Ramón Court of Appeal rejected an appeal filed by the Public Prosecutor’s Office.
After this case arrived at the Third Chamber, 2 resolutions were issued where a general authorization is given to the public to plant marijuana in their homes in a private manner, which prevents the State from exercising criminal any kind of legal action.
This means that when a person grows marijuana without a the intent to sell it or distribute it to third parties, there is no danger to public health and no crime.
This is another wonderful example of how progressive Costa Rica is becoming, just in case you needed another reason to look for a permanent home in paradise.