Argentina is a big country filled with people, nature, music, and weed. It’s the eighth-largest country in the world, clocking in at 1,073,518 mi2 (2,780,400 km2). It’s also the second-largest country in South America and has the third-largest population in South America too. But enough about that, let’s get onto the weed. Weed is already very common in the country, and it’s about to become even more abundant. While recreational weed use is not legal, Argentina has recently relaxed its medical guidelines.
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Argentina’s Weed Laws
Argentina decriminalized private weed use in 2009. Unlike other countries that have also decriminalized, Argentina has not set a limit to the amount of cannabis that would not carry criminal penalties. Rather, they have used the term “small-scale”. While vague, as long as you are not caught with the intention to sell, and the amount you are caught with can be reasonably assumed as a personal amount, criminal charges will likely not be laid. Smoking or using weed in public however could land you in more trouble.
Medical Weed In Argentina
Argentina has had a legal medical weed program since 2017, but a few weeks back some large changes were announced. Patients will now be able to grow their own supply at home. Pharmacies will also begin selling cannabis oils and topical creams. Further, the list of qualifying conditions is set to be expanded. The finer details of the plan are yet to be announced, however, the changes will provide Argentinian patients more freedom with their medication.
Weed Tourism In Argentina
Recreational weed use in Argentina is not legal, so unless you have a prescription, you will be breaking the law. The country does experience a high volume of tourism annually, with some of that being weed tourism.
The country has a great deal to offer for weed tourists. The bustling metropolis of Buenos Aires is often called the Paris of the South. The city is absolutely huge. It has a city limits population of around 2.9 million, and a metro population of around 15.6 million people. That’s around the same as the entire country of Malaysia into one city. Needless to say that cannabis can be found here like any large city, albeit at your own risk. The city has some great bars, music, and nightlife in general to check out.
To the North of the country is Iguazu Falls, arguably one of the world’s most breathtaking waterfalls. And down South, you have the region of Patagonia that is shared with Chile. Here you can find remote villages, soaring glaciers, and wild remoteness.
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Right down the bottom of the country, in the least populated province of Tierra del Fuego, is the city of Ushuaia. This city and its surrounds is home to almost 150,000 people and is the Southernmost city in the world with a population above 100,000. Most of the world’s tours to Antarctica start here.
Argentina’s Weed Culture
Weed culture in Argentina is abundant and exposed. You’ll often see people lighting a joint in certain areas of Buenos Aires, and often smell it while wandering the city. This city does not have a particularly secretive cannabis culture about it. Lighting up in public is still very much illegal though.
If you’re traveling from the US or Canada, prepare for some disappointment with the variety of cannabis available. There won’t be any shops for you to pick a strain that takes your fancy. Instead what you’ll likely find is what is often called brick weed. The large majority of all of South America’s cannabis comes from neighboring Paraguay.
If you’re venturing past Buenos Aires, attitudes towards cannabis may not be quite as tolerant. The other large cities of Rosario and Córdoba still have that big city feel to them, but beyond the big three, even more caution needs to be exercised.
Looking To The Future
Argentina is currently well placed to legalize cannabis use in full. The politicians are not completely against the idea, and in general, the majority of citizens are for it. Cannabis is already a big part of city life in Buenos Aires too. So while recreational weed use is not legal in Argentina, the country could potentially be one of the next to legalize in South America.
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