Cerdas was charged with cultivating marijuana for growing pot plants on the outdoor terrace of his home, which faced the building that houses Costa Rica’s federal law enforcement agency, the OIJ. He was charged, arrested, and spent five months in preventative detention without bail.
If you are caught, the best case scenario is that you are denied entry to the country and sent home. That is what happened to a professional American football player from the United States.
Chifrijo, a popular bar food made of pork belly, beans, rice, salsa and/or chimichurri, is a local go-to to treat the munchies.
[Update on May 2, 2019]
In a country known for healthy food options and whose most well-known staple foods are based on rice and beans, it’s easy to be a vegetarian in Costa Rica. Breakfast is usually gallo.
Costa Rica’s national police force can issue a fine to anyone based on where they smoke pot. It is illegal to smoke in places where most people gather, like in a restaurant, in a bank, or at a bus stop.
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Costa Rica Legalization of Medical Marijuana
Psychoactive components like cannabidiol (CBD) and tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) are found in the cannabis Sativa weed/marijuana, which has anti-inflammatory, analgesic, neuroprotective, and anticonvulsant properties.
There has been an exchange of views on the support for the cannabis bill from President Carlos Alvarado, who states that he supports the hemp legalization but not the medical marijuana bill.
Although the regulation is not clear on what is the minimum amount of possession one can take to be legal. Possession of large amounts, on the other hand, is considered as trafficking, like selling, transporting, and distributing, that could lead to arrests and prosecutions.