Thanks to Cuba recently opening up to the rest of the world, and in particular the US, travel to the Caribbean nation has been on the rise. But while the words Cuban and cigar frequent together, Cuban and cannabis do not. That’s because weed is illegal in Cuba. Although the legal status of weed in Cuba matches 98% of the rest of the world, there are a few key differences in how it’s viewed, and potential punishments.
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Weed Laws Of Cuba
So Cuba still has the death penalty for possessing, cultivating, and trafficking drugs. That includes weed. Even though Cuba has recently opened up to the rest of the world, that doesn’t appear to be changing anytime soon.
Cuba has one of the lowest homicide rates amongst Latin American countries. Its leaders largely believe this to be because of their tough-on-drugs stance. While some countries like Canada and Australia have legalized/partially legalized and maintain very low homicide rates, other countries see a huge influx of violence caused by drug-related crime.
Medical Marijuana In Cuba
If there’s one thing Cuba has going for itself, it’s healthcare. The communist nation has some genuinely great healthcare on a global standard. That’s not my opinion though, that’s the opinion of Ban Ki-Moon, the secretary-general of the United Nations. While its healthcare system is the envy of many nations, it still lacks any cannabis-based medicines, including CBD.
If you have a medical marijuana prescription and are traveling to Cuba, don’t assume this will mean you’ll avoid any trouble. Weed in all its forms is illegal in Cuba. Your prescription likely won’t mean anything to the local authorities, so because of this, don’t bring medical marijuana to Cuba.
Weed Tourism In Cuba
So if you haven’t been reading closely yet, let me make it clear that Cuba is not known for its weed tourism. Herb has reported that $20 will only buy you a gram of weed. But not just any weed, brick weed filled with stems and seeds. Smoking brick weed while risking the death penalty doesn’t seem like a risk worth taking.
Jamaica’s Weed Laws
While a lot of other Caribbean nations are warming to the idea of legalization, Cuba is not one of them. Instead of seeking out cannabis on your holiday, switch this out for Cuban cigars or rum. The legal status of weed in Cuba doesn’t look set to change anytime soon.
Zak Voss, the founder of The THC Times, brings over 15 years of experience in the cannabis industry, blending his engineering background with extensive legal and technical expertise. Renowned for his consultancy in cannabis legalities and indoor growing environments, Zak is a vital guide for navigating the complex cannabis landscape.