Marijuana is technically legal in Italy, and this means that it has become a lot more popular (and much easier) to buy weed in Rome.
If you have walked through the center of Rome and been surprised at the number of shops selling cannabis and CBD products, you are not alone. There seems to be literally a new store that pops up every week offering a menu of cannabis to discerning collectors.
That’s right, “collectors.”
A form of marijuana is legal in Italy due to a law that passed in December 2016 and created a beautiful loophole. The law was aimed at helping to support Italy’s industrial hemp farmers. Hemp fiber has many uses (none of which include getting anyone high) and Italy was once a major producer of the crop.
Italian Law n.242 also created a gray area to sell light cannabis flowers legally in Italy – so long as no one plans on eating it or smoking it.
This might not be the exact weed you are looking for. Light cannabis has a THC content of 0.5% or less. It can currently legally be sold because it is grouped together with more industrial hemp under the law.
Every little bottle or bag of legal marijuana that can be bought in Italy comes with a warning and details about the product’s status as a collector’s item.
For example, this bag of weed describes the genus of plant and says very clearly that it must be used in line with Italian Law n. 242, which means:
- It is non-narcotic
- Should not be swallowed
- Not suitable for smoking
But… it IS cannabis. So.
How to Buy Weed in Italy
- Find a legal store that sells “collectible” pot. The storefronts tend to be sleek, minimalist and all glass so that you can easily see in.
- Go over the menu, which includes descriptions of flavors and THC content. The products are all grown in Switzerland or Italy.
- Be prepared to pay in cash but know that some places accept cards (as long as you don’t mind THAT charge showing up on your bill).
- Depending on the quality, the weed starts at around €15 per gram (though the price varies if you buy more grams of one variety at one time).
- No ID is needed.
- Not all stores sell smoking papers or pipes, partly because the legal loophole says that pot can legally be sold but cannot be sold for consumption. You can usually find papers at a tabbacchi nearby.
- Every package comes with a warning that the contents are not intended to be smoked, but if you are over 18 then you can do as you please in the privacy of your own home. Nothing can legally be smoked in public.
So fear not – you can totally buy pot in Rome without having to ask your hotel concierge for a local hookup. BUT it might not be the potent cannabis you are looking for.
All of the stores in Rome selling cannabis started to appear in 2018 and it is not clear how long they will be legal for. This depends on if the loophole stays open or not.
37 thoughts on “How to Buy Weed in Rome: Legal Light Cannabis in Italy”
Went to a beautiful store in Rome when we visited in May..it had lovely candles and was minimalist as you described (no ugly signage out front either)…Anyway, it was near the Turtle Fountain and they did indeed have lovely ceramic pipes and papers to ‘collect’ their products with….
how’s the weed there?Can you buy a stronger type if you pay more.will it get you high enough or just a headache?
You definitely can but it is hard to find someone reliable and it is still illegal
can you recommend areas where I can buy REAL WEED that’s strong enough to get areal high..I heard around the stazione and look for morroccan bald headed tattoed guys? Is that about right?
Yep. Termini would be the place, but please exercise caution!
Im in rome now.. i badly need weed that can make me high.. how please help me
Thanks for all you do. You are a great resource! My daughter and I are traveling to Italy for the first time next week. Who do you recommend as private transportation to and from the FCO airport to our hotel in Rome? Thanks!
What was it called?
can you get edibles. Oils? Creams?
Yes to all. Most of the edibles seem to be lollypops- and always with low THC
Any of those establishments in Cefalu, Sicily?? We’ll be going there for 3 weeks this May 2019.
Im going to Rome soon as well, Have you found any place that I could actually buy high THC strains? or even a dealers number or something please?
Hello,is there any close group only for italians stoners one could join? Just got a now job here from denver. Weed is still illegal here. i want to join any close group be it on facebook,instangram or whatever.lemme know. thanks
Hey, did you have any luck finding any of these ?
I am not sure what is the fuss here, we are talking about a MAX 0.5% THC concentration, so not worth (in my personal view
and my limited knowledge on the topic) the 15 euro per g for a bit of taste and not much effect. or maybe there is something I am missing here?
Would you know anything about the market in Napoli. Is it available in pharmacies? Is Hash still to be found?
I don’t understand,can you still catch a buzz with this CBD weed?
Hi. I am planning to travel to Rome soon. Are CBD oil cartridges available? I use CBD for pain.
Did anyone reply…in the same boat
I just paid 24€ for 2 grams of “very good” at one of this stores and one brownie, ate and smoked it all and nothing happened, don’t buy this! You can get even a littlebit high with this stuff!
Bruh that’s because it’s CBD weed, got barely any THC in it which is the psychoactive component (what gets you high). Do your research first before complaining and making yourself look like a fool lol
Where can I buy
you can always Buy weed in Italy safe provided you buying from the real suppliers Discreet and safe delivery Worlwide.
Who are these suppliers, in need some good weed
I use medicinal CBD with THC for seizures. Will I be able to get this in Rome as I won’t be able to bring overseas. Is it allowed on cruise ships?
Can cannabis medication prescribed in the US legally by doctors be brought into or used in Italy by Americans?
are edible “gummies” available in Rome? with 10 MG of THC and 0.2 mg of CDB: we use it here as a sleeping aid.
Just left Rome, yesterday. Workers in the store of the pic at top of article assured mj is absolutely NOT legal over 1% THC anything good 20 times higher. I get stronger Cbd oil in Tennessee. I’m sure it would take about 4lbs of smoking this to get ANYONE high. Very disappointing 😟
The weed you can buy in the shops doesn’t make you high. And buying weed in Rome is very hard, you’ll often get tricked and get sold less than a gram for 30€ if you’re lucky enough to no get dirt. Sometimes they’ll make you smell the bag, make you smoke some and then when you’re about to pay they give you a bag really well rapped that smells like weed but contains dirt inside. Your best chance is to ask an art university students.
Great article. I Usually look on weed-away.com to find out what’s the legal standpoint 🌱
Hey stoners, You may come from a country where weed is legal or at least decriminalized and like to have your “smoke”. Don’t even think about getting from the streets because the Cannabis laws here are still kind of harsh.
lol Edel, the police in Rome are lazy. What do you mean by harsh laws?
Where to buy
Going to Rome in November ‘22. Where is a respectable dispensary close to the fountain. Please and Thx
Did you have any luck? I’m going to Rome in Jan ’23. Were you able to get anything better than “light” weed?