Are weeds legal in Monaco?

Monaco is officially the second smallest country in the world after Vatican City. Monaco is so small that you can explore the country in less than an hour. It is a city-state on the French coast, halfway between the city of Nice in France and the border with Italy. Although Monaco relies on France for certain matters like defense, it lays down its own laws. Weeds aren’t legal in Monaco, but how illegal is it? And is it as widespread as in France?

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Weeds in Monaco

Weeds are not legal in Monaco, and tourists can have a hard time finding something. Monaco is often viewed as a playground for the rich. The streets are clean, the citizens are very rich and street vendors are difficult to find and often border on nonexistence.

It is illegal to grow, own, sell, buy or give away weeds in Monaco. Indeed, given Monaco’s small population and presumably reasonable public budget, Monaco has one of the largest police forces in the world per capita. This means that the number of police officers vis-à-vis citizens is far greater than the global average. There are around 1,300 police officers for every 100,000 citizens.

Marijuana laws in Monaco

According to, cannabis use is somewhat tolerated despite its illegal status. Possession can result in a prison sentence of up to a year and a fine of up to 1,800 euros.

Around 9% of Monaco residents use cannabis at least once a year, according to data from a 2011 World Drug Report. Although well above the world average, this is still well below the cannabis use of their French neighbor.

Maybe that’s because of all of the cocaine they’re doing instead? On this list, Monaco ranks 8th in the world, behind Spain, Scotland and England, but ahead of Ireland and Uruguay.

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Beth Edmonds