Smokin’ the Grass…
Prague has been called “the Amsterdam of the east” for good reason; its liberal laws and liberal policies mean that the city has earned a reputation of being pot-friendly, and an estimated 400,000 marijuana users are largely ignored by the authorities and tolerated by most everyone – not that we recommend that sort of thing…
So is it legal? Well, here are the facts:
Section 187a (1) A person who keeps, without authorization, a narcotic or psychotropic substance or a poison in a quantity greater than small shall be punished by imprisonment for a term of up to two years or by a pecuniary penalty.
Technically, smoking and possessing marijuana is illegal in Prague and the Czech Republic, though the marijuana legalization movement in the city is highly active. Under the current law on drugs, people can possess “not more than a small amount” of marijuana, though what constitutes a “small amount” is not specified, but it’s generally understood as less than 4 grams. If caught, the fine is a slap on the hand costing you 1000 kc, and you might even get to keep the weed if you’re lucky. The 1999 law is under pressure to be changed, particularly to separate marijuana from “hard” drugs, both in definition and punishment.
But what’s the reality?
In practice, small amounts for personal use are generally allowed or might land you a minor fine at worst. In fact, even if a cop happens to walk into a bar as you’re lighting up, just discreetly put it out and most likely they won’t even say anything to you. And, most pubs and non-tourist bars outside of the center allow you to smoke inside, though it’s polite to ask the barman first. We’ve heard rumours of U Sudu being weed-friendly and www.local-life.com aswell, for example. Don’t try lighting some skunk at a dance club though, unless you want Jiri the bouncer’s fists to send you on a trip stronger than any chronic.
What about quality and price?
At the moment, the going rate for herb is about 250 kc per gram, though tourists tend to be charged double. Even at the double rate, it’s more affordable than Amsterdam or the usual prices in the U.S. or UK. As far as quality, it’s definitely more kind bud than shwag – usually straight from the cannabis capital itself, Amsterdam, and packing a punch. Unlike Americans, Europeans mix their skunk with tobacco when making joints, so don’t try to smoke it straight unless you’d like to see pink elephants doing the tango around Wenceslas Square. If hash is more your bag than bud, it can be obtained from reputable dealers, though it’s more rare and might be more pricey than plain old reefer.
Basically, if you’re planning to get high in Prague, be kind and respectful to authorities and owners of establishments, and the bud will be kind to you. If you’re not causing a problem, no one will mind if you bring your friend Mary Jane to a concert or park.
Marijuana Laws in Prague
Under the Regulation No. 467/2009 “small amounts” are a misdemeanor crime comparable to a parking ticket. Since April 2013 the Czech Republic recognizes regulated and prescribed use of medical cannabis.
Prague is often called one of the jewels in the crown of Europe. Well,if its a jewel, then it’s certainly a sparkling emerald! And for those who partake, that means that aside from Berlin, which is another story, this is your home from home when east of the ‘Dam.
However, if you think you are going to get a coffee shop style menu offered here, then you are mistaken. It is a common tourist misconception that just because Czech has liberal laws, that it is also going to cater to their every desire. This is simply not the case, as smoking is not such a ‘big thing’ here.
Amounts considered “Small” in Czech Republic:
- Marijuana: 15 grams (or five plants)
- Hashish: 5 grams
- Magic mushrooms: 40 pieces
- Peyote: 5 plants
- LSD: 5 tablets
- Ecstasy: 4 tablets
- Amphetamine: 2 grams
- Methamphetamine: 2 grams
- Heroin: 1.5 grams
- Coca: 5 plants
- Cocaine: 1 gram
The 5-0 here are certainly 420 friendly. You can have up to 15 grams of weed or hash on your person, and the most you are going to see is a fine, for maybe 1000CZK (37 Euros, $50 US) and that’s if the man is having a bad day and you’ve done something to piss him off.
Where to buy marijuana in Prague, Czech Republic
email@example.com answers inquiries about chill and safe environments where fellow stoners, either local or foreigners, find each other, share a joint, and you can throw in the question, “so…..where can I find some of that good stuff?” In Prague will find more than a few options for good connections from cheap to expensive, mellow to heady. Everyone has a preference and are usually more than willing to share. You will also absorb some Czech culture, because hey, you’re here for that too, right? Expect to pay between 150-350CZK a gram and obviously you can easily find discounts on things like 5-10 gram purchases. So you can buddy up with someone to get a better deal!
- AVOID the ‘Wenceslas Square’ area. Yes the nice friendly African man mumbling coke, ecstasy, weed, mdma, looks like a trustworthy character, but he is a mafia plant and you will walk away with a bag of fake weed or baby powder for your trouble.
- AVOID asking barmen in the bars. They can lose their job for it. Sure, if you dont have a connect then some of the more popular bars are going to have something. But you are going to have to expect to sit, buy a drink, and make some conversation if you want to find someone. In the bars you are still going to pay premium price as a ‘freshie’ face, 400-500CZK a gram, but as the bars need to keep a reputation and don’t want trouble, their guys will have at least OK stuff. The earlier in the day you go the better the stuff, the dealers know they can make move the dregs of their stock later in the night when people are drunk/high and don’t know the difference.
Oh while we are talking numbers…….everything here is done by the gram, and in Czech crowns(CZK). A high quality gram of weed is 350-450CZK when bought from ‘the man you dont know’ and about 300 from the man you do. Hash is gaining ground here, and is anywhere from 150-250 a gram depending on strain and quality. Discounts are rare, but possible if you meet someone ‘in the know’ and don’t buy from the random in the street, as they are just working for the mafia selling pre-packaged grams, and have no time or skills to negotiate with you!
So now you know it’s pretty safe, and what it should cost, where to get the good stuff? Well maybe its better first to make clear what NOT to do.
Then you have hash, which comes in usually from Morocco via Spain, or Turkey via the Balkans. This is cheaper than weed, and never faked. The Africans are not yet handing out oxo cubes or crushed mud balls to tourists yet so if someone offers you hash, it is probably for real!
Other things like hash oil, kief and edibles are not common at all, probably simply due to their production cost.
You will rarely see imported product here, except the hash of course, as it is easier to smuggle than grass and is less smelly. Czech is surrounded by countries with harsh penalties for weed possession and their own developed markets with higher prices to be had.
Boss Prague Conclusion
In conclusion, what to expect of Prague as a smoker? My answer is a relaxed environment with friendly locals. Keep away from the tourist traps and spots, hit up the locals in their meetings, and don’t be too disappointed with the quality of the product available. Enjoy the ride whilst you are on it, and have a good time!
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