Weed in Zurich, Your Guide

Weed in Zurich, Your Guide 1

In this guide, you will find out everything there is to know about Cannabis in Zurich, where to find it, how much it costs, and the laws surrounding it. 

Whether you are just a casual smoker looking for information, or you are a long time citizen who wants to know more about the laws, or you are planning to travel to Zurich and want to know where and how you can smoke some cannabis,

I’ve got you covered ☺

If you have ever bought cannabis in Zurich, please feel free to share your experiences and thoughts in the comments section below. Help out your fellow smokers and fellow travelers with some tips!

Thanks in advance!

Disclaimer: I don’t provide legal advice or encourage the use of cannabis or any other illicit substances. 

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Cannabis remains illegal in Zurich. However, there are a lot of grey areas and loopholes that you can take advantage of, making Zurich a great city to enjoy cannabis in. 

Zurich Cannabis Laws

Cannabis is illegal in Zurich. 

But, the story does not end here. 

As recently as 2011, cannabis products that contain less than 1% THC have now become legal. These are popularly called ‘light cannabis’ or legal cannabis. Cigarettes, joints, and other products with light cannabis are entirely legal now. 

Medical marijuana is also legal in Zurich, as long as you have a doctor’s prescription.

Cannabis for recreational use is also okay- as long as you have a small quantity on you for personal use only. If you have a larger quantity which the police might think is for distribution, you will be arrested. 

Those under the age of 18 are also not allowed to use cannabis and its products and will be arrested if they are caught. 

Finally, you can possess and even consume cannabis within a private property- and it is considered legal. But as soon as you take it out in public, it will be a problem. 

Law Enforcement 

Typically, the laws are quite relaxed around cannabis in Zurich. If the cops do catch you with a small quantity of weed in public, and you can prove that it is for personal use only, the will just let you off with a warning or a fine. Of course, if you are suspiciously carrying more significant amounts of you have a few small baggies of weed, they will think you to be a dealer and arrest you. 

You are allowed to smoke cannabis in private, but not in public. 

There is also ‘light cannabis’ available, which you can legally buy without any issues. 

Cannabis prices, quality, and types 

In general, it can be a little challenging to get your hands on weed or hash in Zurich. If you know anyone in the city, it will be much easier for you to get the cannabis and even negotiate a fair price for it. However, if you rely on street dealers as a tourist, you may end up paying more. 

Typically you will be able to get a gram of high-quality weed for 12 Euros. As for hash, you can get Moroccan hash for about 5 Euros a gram, which is quite cheap. 

As for the quality of cannabis- the ones you buy from street dealers can vary. There is no guarantee whether you will get excellent quality of cannabis or bad. It is always a good habit to check the quantity and quality before you buy from the street dealers. 

As for the types of cannabis, you will find White Widow, Super Silver Haze, and a few other varieties, which are quite good. You will also find various types of indoor-grown as well as outdoor-grown weed, along with Moroccan hash.

Where can you find cannabis in Zurich?

Your best bet would be to visit the Langstrasse area, which is also known as the Red Light area in Zurich. Here, you will find a lot of dealers hanging about who will sell you exactly what you want. However, keep in mind that this is also the area where a lot of cops will be roaming around, so be safe and look out. 

Of course, you will also find dealers around the parks and streets, if you only keep an eye out.

Cannabis Culture in Zurich 

In general, Zurich is a very cannabis-friendly city, so it is great for those who enjoy smoking cannabis around the city. You obviously cannot smoke right in the middle of crowded areas on the streets, but as long as you find a discreet place, you can enjoy a smoke even in a public place. 

You can always buy the ‘light cannabis’ from the legal shops. However, these are not going to get you high, if that’s what you’re looking for. But they are pleasant to smoke anyway. 

You can try out the local hash available in Zurich, which is quite reasonably priced. It is said to be quite good, standard, and everyone seems to enjoy it!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to buy weed from parks?

Well, the quality can be a little doubtful, but as long as you are careful and discreet, you can safely buy weed from dealers in the parks. Just keep an eye out for the cops, that’s all!

Can you smoke hash on the streets?

You shouldn’t since it is illegal. However, you will still find a lot of locals as well as tourists smoking around town. If you can find a secluded place on the streets, you can light up too, but once again, look out for the cops. 

What happens if you are caught with marijuana?

If you can prove that you have just a small quantity for personal use, you might be simply fined and then let go of. However, if you have a large quantity, they might arrest you as a dealer. 

Is it easy to get weed in Zurich?

Not too easy. It works better if you know someone in the city who can help you out. Otherwise, you’ll simply have to rely on street dealers. 

Is cannabis legal in Zurich?

Cannabis remains illegal in Zurich. However, there are a lot of grey areas and loopholes that you can take advantage of, making Zurich a great city to enjoy cannabis in. 

Other interesting reading around the web-

https://www.ch.ch/en/cannabis/

https://qz.com/quartzy/1247145/the-next-chapter-in-swiss-wellness-is-cannabis-based/

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