Smoking tolerance level [1= very illegal 5=virtually legal]: 2

Legislation: Marijuana is illegal in Kazakstan, and so is any related action.

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Law enforcement: Police seemed quite tough in Kazakhstan. If you get in trouble, prepare to pay A LOT (in the best case) to get away. This impression was confirmed by local friends which recommended extra attention.

Where to buy marijuana: It is said that there is a lot of weed in Almaty, you just gotta know how to find it.

1) If you know Kazakh youngsters (mostly clubbing ones) they will probably know how to guide you to get some marijuana.

2) If using hitchhiking taxis (the personal cars stopped on the road for internal transport), you might spot the right driver and put the question. Even if you do not speak Russian, if they have they will understand. If not, you can at least pretend to be misunderstood.

3) The D’Afrique Club is frequented by some substance using youth. Again – be extremely careful who you approach.

4) During the summer in the fields around Almaty, you can find wild marijuana.

Conclusion: it seemed better not to risk anything and buying without being sure of the safety.

Marijuana prices: The only times I have payed was in the hitchhike taxi-s. Approximatively the price of one foreign beer for grass enough for 2 joints.

Marijuana brands: medium quality

More information: Police in the Zhabul region in southern Kazakhstan have seized more than two tons of marijuana from two drug dealers. A mobile police detail patrolling the Chuya valley on Wednesday arrested a 39-year-old resident of the neighboring Almaty region with 980 kg of marijuana, the local interior department told Interfax. On August 19, anti-drug police in the Merkeny region seized 1.1 tons of marijuana from a 36-year-old resident of Taraz near the village of Tatty. The Chuya valley is notorious for vast fields of wild cannabis, from which marijuana is produced.

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  • Nursultan Nazarbayev

    All the information is either outdated or incorrect. To get weed in Almaty you need to know people, there’s no way around it. There’s no street dealers, and I don’t know who wrote this article, but asking your taxi driver seems like the most ridiculous thing ever. Although, looking from a foreigners perspective this may actually work, it’s just something that I would never consider doing, unlikely tho. But don’t be too surprised if you see several sativa plants growing in the city centre, those don’t have any buds.

    You will find that compared to the Western World few people smoke in Kazakhstan, despite the country having a somewhat ‘weedy’ reputation in the ex-soviet bloc. Adults who smoke will often try to stay discrete about it in their social circles, since weed is generally unaccepted by the society and often treated like harder drugs. The levels of cannabis-related ignorance are shocking, people will call you a junkie if they find out that you smoke and will think that you will kill them for a joint.

    Prices are also incorrect. Weed enough for 2 joints will cost you 2500-3000 tenge (15-20$), unless its ‘shal’. It’s not Nepal. Almaty is an expensive metropolitan city, with strict laws and impudent police officers, and you will find prices to be equivalent or even higher than in most of Europe or America.

    Weed comes in several forms in Almaty:

    1.Shal (other names: shpek, soloma) – ground trimmings and stemage. I don’t know why people even bother with it. Only good for first timers and school kids. Price: 20$ for a glass which is a nnnnnnn grams.

    2. Center (pil’) – kief, usually of trimmings. Pretty average stuff. A matchbox will cost you 4000-5000 tenge (25-35$), which as about 2 grams.

    3. Idyuha (indeyec, can also be referred to as ‘trava’ – Russian for weed) – Buds of weed from Chuy valley, cultivated or grown in the wild, it is most likely your best option. Mostly mids, but you never know, quality varies. I believe that the most potent weed that I have ever tried was this shit. Once, I already had a pretty high tolerance, i got high off half a joint and had giggles, the second time the next morning was almost as pleasurable, Prices are in the 30$ range for 2 grams.

    4. Hash – always varies in color and quality.

    As you can see, Almaty isn’t exactly stoner’s paradise. Weed is expensive, often low quality and the penalties are harsh. And the situation’s been even worsening with JWH becoming increasingly popular over the last few years. I couldn’t find anything but JWH while I was back home for the break this summer. But I have to admit that I haven’t even tried to look hard enough.