Cannabis is not legal for recreational or medicinal purposes in Andorra. However, it does border both France and Spain, both of which have larger concentrations of cannabis consumers.
To the south, Andorra borders the Catalonia region of Spain, which has the most liberal cannabis laws in the country, as well as a network of members-only cannabis clubs. To the north, Andorra borders France, which has one of the highest populations of cannabis consumers in Europe.
Unusually, tobacco remains more popular than weed in Andorra. The country is a large tobacco exporter with 31.8% of adults reporting they smoke tobacco products.
Penalties for smoking in Andorra
Being caught with cannabis can carry a sentence of up to a year in prison and a €1,200 fine. This increases to two years in prison and an €1,800 fine if you’re caught smoking weed in public.
Selling weed (to an adult) can carry a year in prison but if you’re charged with drug trafficking, which includes growing, selling, and transporting cannabis, you can face two years in jail and a large fine.
Andorra medical marijuana program
Andorra does not have a medical cannabis program. In July 2021, three research institutes began a collaborative study to “analyze and define a model” for a medical cannabis program, under the guidance of the government.
CBD in Andorra
CBD products exist in somewhat of a legal grey area in Andorra. Hemp and CBD are not separated legally from cannabis plants that contain THC, and there are no laws that govern CBD.
In 2020, the EU Court ruled that CBD products are not considered narcotics or drugs so “a country of the European Union cannot prohibit the marketing of cannabidiol legally produced in another member state.” However, Andorra is not a member of the European Union, relying instead on free movement and trade agreements. CBD cosmetic products can be sold in the country, provided that they are approved by the EU and produced in another country.
A quick internet search pulls up various options for CBD stores throughout the country.
Can you grow your own weed?
No, you cannot legally grow cannabis products for medical or recreational consumption in Andorra.
Visiting Andorra – can you buy or bring marijuana products?
Don’t count on being able to buy cannabis products during a visit to Andorra. While there is undoubtedly a black market for weed as there is in all countries without a legal market, the country heavily favors tobacco over cannabis.
Do not bring cannabis products into Andorra. Crossing international borders with cannabis can be considered drug trafficking, which can land you in an Andorra prison for up to two years.
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