The Dominican Republic is the third most populated country in the Caribbean. It sits on Hispaniola, the second largest island in the Caribbean, with Haiti occupying roughly 1/3, and the Dominican Republic occupying the rest. As for the legal status and acceptance of weed in the Dominican Republic. Well, the country sits closer to Cuba than Jamaica in that regard.
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Weed Laws Dominican Republic
So weed is still very illegal in the Dominican Republic. According to the Organization of American States (OAS), the quantity of weed will determine the severity of the crime.
For amounts less than 20 grams (0.7 oz), the offense will be considered possession only. This will then classify the person or persons as recreational users. Even this could land you with 6 months to 2 years in jail (and a fine of roughly $40 USD).
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For amounts greater than 20 grams but less than one pound (0.45 kg), the offense will be classified as distribution. For distribution, the jail time could be between 3 to 10 years, and a fine of between $170 and $900 USD).
If the quantity is greater than 1 pound, this will be classified as trafficking. For trafficking, this could go up to 5 to 20 years jail, and a fine of no less than the street value of the drugs.
For hash, replace the 20 grams with 5 grams, and the 1 pound with a quarter pound. One other point worth mentioning however is that these quantities (both for weed or hash) don’t matter if the drug is intended for sale or distribution. What this seems to imply is that a person carrying any amount of cannabis could be considered a dealer or trafficker.
Medical Weed in the Dominican Republic
The Dominican Republic is one of the most visited countries by US tourists. The US has the largest amount of medical marijuana users in the world. This can potentially be a bad combination when US tourists assume their legal medical weed will be allowed in the Dominican Republic.
The country does not recognize marijuana as a medicine, so therefore, you could be seen as trying to smuggle drugs into the country. It should go without saying, but don’t try this.
Bringing controlled drugs into the Dominican Republic is punishable by 5 to 20 years in jail, and with a fine of at least RD 250,000 ($4,300 USD).
Weed Tourism Dominican Republic
So given the unfriendly legal climate around weed in the Dominican Republic, weed tourism here isn’t a big thing like in Jamaica. In the areas with more tourists, like Punta Cana and Santo Domingo, you’ll be far more likely to either see or smell people smoking weed, or even offer you some to buy.
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While this may be tempting, the country is not particularly forgiving to tourists. If the temptation of getting high on the beach is just too strong, maybe it’s a good idea to visit a beach in a different country.