Smoking tolerance level [1= very illegal 5=virtually legal]: 3
Legislation: Marijuana (buds or hash bars) is NOT legal in Monaco according to the law. Though it is tolerated. It’s OK as long as you avoid being too obvious.
Marijuana and Hashish and any related action (buying, selling, growing, smoking), are a criminal offense imposing a penalty of two months to one year in jail in addition to a fine of 56 EUR to 1680 EUR.
Law Enforcement: Police patrols (in cars / bicycle / walking) are scouting different areas and streets, but they are not aggressive with tourists. Most likely they will not say anything or look away. Avoid being too obvious, goes without saying.
Keep in mind that the police may arrest you for any soft drug related activity. They may also look away, but there are fair chances of getting into trouble. The courts are a bit more forgiving, and tend to release small amount private users with a warning.
Of course the written law itself is very strict and restrictive but it’s hardly ever applied in Monaco. Don’t smoke in public spaces or cars -your car can be stopped by traffic cops and that smells … no good! – but don’t worry, people here smoke a lot!
Our most recent report is: “Well if you got one or two Spliffs of hash there will be no problems if you keep it cool but if you got more than 4 or 5 grams then you will have a problem just hide it remember they can’t check what you got if they have not seen you smoking (but french cops are a bit rough so keep it cool again…..
And another report is: “They don’t hassle tourists for MJ unless you make it so that they must arrest you.
In the streets of Monaco you can smoke freely whilst walking ; don’t hang in the hoods or in dark places and beware of parks (small ones) where cycle police sometimes does rounds. Otherwise its really no stress ; but it’s better to be safe than sorry, The Monaco police are not a pleasure to deal with generally speaking but they are used to tourists.
Where to buy Marijuana in Monaco: Our local reporter had this extensive report on the latest scoring info: “its hard to find good stuff in Monaco, especially if you don’t already know somebody or can’t handle a discussion in French …”.