Are weeds legal in Cyprus?
The Mediterranean island of Cyprus is a land of irresistible beaches and instability. The country is either part of Europe or Asia (or both) depending on how you define it. The capital Nicosia is the only capital in the world that is separated by fences and barriers that, apart from a few immigration points, cannot be overcome. Despite this instability, Cyprus is an EU member state and a popular tourist destination. And with tourists comes the desire of some to smoke a pot in paradise. However, weeds are not legal in Cyprus, at least not for recreational use. However, the country recently approved medical use.
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Cyprus weed laws
Cyprus has three classes of drugs; A, B and C. Class A is classified as the most dangerous and C as the least dangerous class. In Cyprus, cannabis is a class B drug.
If you are caught holding a Class B drug for personal use in Cyprus, it can lead to it up to 8 years in prison. If it is your first offense and you are under 25, the maximum will be reduced to 1 year.
For the supply of cannabis in Cyprus, the sentence in prison becomes life.
Cannabis in Cyprus
Cannabis is the most common illegal substance in Cyprus and like (all) countries, cannabis use is most common among young people. Compared to other European countries, however, Cyprus has one of the lowest cannabis use rates for people between the ages of 15 and 34.
Only 4.3% of respondents used cannabis in the past year (2019 data). Only Hungary, Turkey and Malta reported lower usage rates among young adults. For comparison: France, Italy and the Czech Republic are the highest users with a rate of around 20%.
Price of weeds in Cyprus
According to the European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA), the price of weeds in Cyprus is between 8 and 30 euros per gram, which at the time of writing is around 9.50 to 35.50 US dollars per gram.
Much more expensive in Cyprus than what you’d pay in the US or Canada, of course, but legal weed really adds to supply and drives prices down.