Cannabis is illegal to use for recreational purposes in Greece.
The minimum prison sentence for possession of marijuana is five months.
Smoking the substance in a public place is prohibited by the Greek government.
A counselling programme can be a substitute for incarceration for a first offence.
Further offences could lead to fines or imprisonment.
Recreational legalisation is not actively being debated in Greece as of 2023.
Is weed legal to grow in Greece?
In 2018, Greece lifted the ban on growing cannabis.
This enables pharmaceutical companies to grow cannabis legally and industrial hemp suppliers.
It was also done to draw foreign investment into the sector.
Cultivation was legal until 1936, before a decision by the government banned it.
The Greek government released rules on how farmers would have to grow the crops to ensure no illegalities.
The land must be surrounded by fencing and include all the necessary facilities so the product does not have to be transported to another location for processing.
Government officials warned that such operations would be subject to frequent and strict inspections and growers would lose their special licence if they violate the rules, which will be outlined in a joint ministerial decision to be issued soon.
Is medicinal weed legal in Greece?
In 2017, the Greek government legalised the use of cannabis for medical purposes.
People from other countries are also able to use medical cannabis in Greece and are allowed to purchase it through pharmacies as long as they have a doctor's prescription.
Cannabis is normally prescribed for conditions like muscle spasms, chronic pain, PTSD, epilepsy and cancer.
In 2021, the Greek Government banned the import of medical cannabis products in their final state for consumption.
The plant was downgraded from a Class A to a Class B drug.