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.