How to Buy Weed in Rome: Legal Light Cannabis in Italy

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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

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But… it IS cannabis. So.

Happy collecting?

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

  1. K says:

    Went to a beautiful store in Rome when we visited in 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….

  2. Omid says:

    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?

  3. john says:

    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

  4. Sam says:

    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?

  5. Disappointed customer says:

    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!

    • Kumar says:

      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

  6. Madison says:

    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?

  7. Chris f says:

    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 😟

  8. Yes says:

    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.

  9. Edel says:

    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.

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