Marijuana laws in Costa Rica
Costa Rica’s Congress has approved the legalization of marijuana for medical purposes, despite opposition from conservative groups and President Carlos Alvarado, who still needs to stamp his approval on the law.
This law permits the production and processing of cannabis but does not regulate its recreational use.
MP Zoila Volio said this will not open the way for an increase in drug use in Costa Rica.
If President Alvarado vetoes the law, lawmakers will have to vote for it again and approve it by a qualified majority.
In 2018, the Costa Rican Supreme Court overturned criminal liability for possession and cultivation of marijuana in personal quantities. At the same time, the sale of marijuana and the possession and/or cultivation on a large scale remain crimes punishable by imprisonment.