The Skinny on Smoking in Latin & South America

Beautiful beaches, mountains, oceans, sunshine, history, amazing people, epic food and even better weed - Latin America truly has it all!! Whether you are on an adventurous trip, a romantic getaway or a luxurious vacation - we recommend understanding the local laws before lighting up. In Latin America, cannabis is mostly tolerated and/or decriminalized, however there are of course some exceptions like Bolivia, Ecuador, Honduras and Guatemala.

Trust us - the last thing that you want to do is get caught with cannabis in a country that frowns upon it. The laws while lenient for locals might not be the same for tourists. Keep a low profile, only be in possession of small amounts (under 20 grams) and always cooperate if stopped.

The short and skinny on a few countries. (Potscore 1=you are nuts it is so illegal to 10=you could light up in front of a cop)

South America

ARGENTINA (Potscore 7) : Decriminalized for personal use in small amounts. Definitely want to be in a private location. You are not going to get immediately arrested and most cops turn a blind eye, but don't draw attention to yourself.

BOLIVIA (Potscore 2): Possession illegal. If you are looking to smoke joints on holiday you probably want to explore a different country.

BRAZIL (Potscore 2): Possession illegal. If you are looking to smoke joints on holiday you probably want to explore a different country.

CHILE (Potscore 5): Personal use of marijuana in small quantities on a private place is not against the law. More than one person using it at the same place is considered as a group and thus is considered illegal.

COLOMBIA (Potscore 10): Then there is Colombia... where possession of small quantities of all drugs is legal. Personal amounts are considered under 20 grams for marijuana.

ECUADOR (Potscore 2): Possession illegal. If you are looking to smoke joints on holiday you probably want to explore a different country.

PARAGUAY (Potscore 2): Possession illegal. If you are looking to smoke joints on holiday you probably want to explore a different country.

PERU (Potscore 8): Be a purist in Peru. Possession of up to 8 grams of marijuana is legal as long as you don't have anything else on you.  The only reason why Peru is an 8 is because the police can sometimes give tourists hassle. Don't draw attention to yourself.

URUGUAY (Potscore 10): The laws here are a little loosey goosey. Possession for personal use not penalized, however the law doesn't actually state what is a “personal” amount. Don't walk around with lbs of weed and you should be ok.

Central America

VENEZUELA (Potscore 8): The surf here is killer and possession of up to 20 grams not punished. Sounds pretty rad to us.

BELIZE (Potscore 5): Cannabis is illegal, but use by locals is slightly tolerated. Use caution.

GUATEMALA (Potscore 1): This is one of those places that you don't want to take the risk. Cannabis is highly illegal here and tourists don't get off with a warning. Don't be the person with a story that starts with ... one time while I was in a Guatemalan jail.

HONDURAS (Potscore 2): Another great location for sand, surf, but unfortunately not smokes. Cannabis is illegal, but use by locals is slightly tolerated.

PANAMA (Potscore 1): Illegal. Same as Guatemala and Honduras. Find a different vacation location if you want to smoke.

COSTA RICA (Potscore 6):  Personally I found some wicked marijuana here, however it is illegal. It is mostly tolerated as long as you are quiet about it. People do get set up a lot here - so send a friend that you don't like to buy it. Just kidding - keep a low profile and you should be fine.

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