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Is Cannabis Legal in Aruba?

Aruba flag with a hand holding a marijuana infront of it

Cannabis use is illegal on the Caribbean island of Aruba. People who possess, sell, or consume marijuana in Aruba may be subject to fines and prison terms. But there is controversy over whether such penalties apply to most offenders.

As a Dutch territory, Aruba’s laws are similar to the Netherlands. Although marijuana is widely used in the Netherlands (a region that sees a lot of “cannabis tourism“), the plant’s recreational use remains illegal there as well. However, there are “coffeeshops” in the Netherlands.

Coffeeshops are establishments where the sale of recreational cannabis is tolerated by local authorities. There are no coffeeshops in Aruba.

What Are the Medical Marijuana Laws in Aruba?

Medical marijuana is currently illegal in Aruba, but legislation may be changing in the near future.

In recent years, Aruba’s parliament has made strides to legalize medical cannabis for its potential to stimulate the local economy. These efforts, however, have not yet succeeded in making the plant legal for medical use in Aruba.

In contrast, CBD products are recognized for their medicinal value in Aruba and are currently legal if they contain less than 0.2% THC.

Growing cannabis in Aruba has a murky legal status. As of 2020, plans were in place to legalize the cultivation of medical cannabis.

Cultivation is expected to be legal by permit only and subject to strict limits and conditions still under consideration.

Where Is It Safe to Purchase Cannabis in Aruba?

Due to Aruba being a popular tourist destination, weed is widely available on beaches, in bars, and at seaports.

But the plant is still illegal despite its availability for purchase. Penalties for purchasing and consuming cannabis in Aruba include heavy fines and possible imprisonment. Technically, it is not “safe” to buy cannabis anywhere in Aruba.

Where Is It Safe To Consume Marijuana in Aruba?

Marijuana use is not legal anywhere on the island of Aruba. However, you may legally consume CBD products that contain less than 0.2% THC concentration.