Are weeds authorized in Laos?
Laos is a particularly interesting country for weed smokers. It has a breathtaking landscape of land and nature. Every step is full of history and culture. And the people are very warm and welcome the tourists. For travelers, this place is a spectacular adventure. For the “casual” stoner, it’s a great trip. Weeds in Laos, while not legal, are widespread and accessible across the country. You can even buy some buds from local tuk-tuk drivers and night markets. Exciting, right?
Fun fact about Laos – it’s the only landlocked country in all of Southeast Asia.
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Brief history of drugs in Laos
Laotian culture is very warm and welcoming, with a “live and let live” kind of attitude. Although the use of illegal drugs is frowned upon by conservative locals, most don’t really care. Just don’t do stupid things when you’re high and get noticed.
This attitude towards narcotics was emphasized when Laos was one of the largest opium producers in the world at one point in time. Laos is one side of the “Golden Triangle” – the producer of more than half of the world’s opium supply since the 1990s.
Because northern Laos produces opium and weeds grow abundantly in the southern rivers of Laos, there is a gap between the two regions. Although illegal drugs, including ganja (cannabis), have also been linked to the northern hill tribe of Laos because of their history of growing and producing large amounts of opium.
Weed laws in Laos
Weeds are very accessible in most parts of Laos, but that doesn’t make them legal. Don’t feel too comfortable because you can still get arrested for being in the possession of marijuana. You can still face jail time if you get too loud. The death penalty also applies to serious cases such as drug trafficking.
One year is the minimum time you will serve if you are owned, smoke, or sell marijuana in Laos. Due to the economic condition of most families in the country, including the families of police officers, they would rather accept a bribe than convict you of a crime. However, this obviously wouldn’t happen 100% of the time A prison for minor cannabis use in Laos is still a very real possibility.
Law enforcement in Laos, especially in tourist hotspots like Vientiane and Luang Prabang, is pretty lenient when it comes to arresting tourists. Remember to be discreet. They can still search your room without a warrant and “arrest” you if they are in possession of illegal drugs.
However, as in Thailand, there are cases of snitch among the locals. Some locals are in contact with the police and may drop you off. While this is rare, it is better to smoke safely than to apologize.
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Where to get weeds in Laos
If you’re looking for weeds, there are plenty of locals out there who will offer you a bag of weeds. A LOT OF. You’re looking for three places to buy some supply:
1. Vientiane, Laos
As the largest city in Laos, one would expect this city to be a hot pot full of diverse cultures. Fortunately, cannabis is part of that culture.
Weeds are easy to get in Vientiane. It seems that this is part of their government strategy to attract tourists. This is because everyone will offer you ganja from taxi drivers to night markets. You can expect a few grams of weed for around $ 5.
Although some say you can get up to 20 grams for $ 10. Don’t expect them to give you that price on a silver platter. Of course, you have to bargain and haggle your way at this price. Who knows, you might even get it for a cheaper price once you’ve maximized your speech. (Yes, that was a reference).
The quality of the weeds is fine. Most of the supply comes from the northern part of Thailand, which is exported into the country across the border.
There are also foods in the form of pizza and shakes. You can go to a pizza place and ask if they have a “happy” menu. These joys hit hard, so be careful, especially if you are a novice edible specialist.
2. Vang Vieng, Laos
Vang Vieng is a small town north of Vientiane and is the place to go if you want to party hard in Southeast Asia. The party just doesn’t stop there. There are even special party hostels.
In 2011, 27 tourists died as a result of extreme parties. Vang Vieng has earned a bad rap, but the place hasn’t lost its magic. The nightlife in this small town is literally still high.
Mushroom shakes, joints, groceries and other drugs were sold in bars around town. The catch is that you have to consume what you bought right there and then. Once you go outside with home-bought drugs, there are officials who will blackmail you. You have no choice but to pay hundreds of dollars.
So Vang Vieng is still part of Laos Marijuana is still illegal in this city. Add to this the 27 tourists’ recent calamity, the local government is likely to step up its law enforcement. In reality, they would rather accept bribes than condemn those caught with weeds.
If you want to get some bud but not from nightclubs and party hostels, you can get them from taxi drivers and local tuk-tuk drivers, just like in Vientiane.
3. Luang Prabang, Laos
Luang Prabang is by far the most forgiving when it comes to weed smoking in Laos, although it is still not legal. Law enforcement agencies in Luang Prabang Province are more tolerant than Vientiane and Vang Vieng. This is because the place is viewed as a tourist mecca and the local government wants to keep it that way too.
Weeds are sold in various locations in Luang Prabang. There are pizzerias that offer food in pizzas and shakes. You can also buy weeds at local night markets and from drivers around town.
You can buy weed at backpacker hotels too, but be very careful if you choose this one. These locals can easily follow you to your hotel and report your location to the police.
The weeds sold in Luang Prabang are locally grown and are of pretty good quality for a locally grown weed. If the locals give you a bag full of seeds, you can ask them for one of better quality. They usually charge around $ 10 / 100,000 Laotian Kip per bag, but you can negotiate one for around half the price depending on your negotiating skills.
Despite all of these options, weeds are nowhere legal in Laos and for your own safety we do not recommend that you take the risk.
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