The tiny constituent country of Aruba is a popular tourist destination for Americans and Europeans. Being part of the Netherlands, many people assume marijuana is legal in Aruba. This is not the case however, and the same liberal views towards marijuana aren’t as common throughout Aruba as they are in Amsterdam.
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What And Where Is Aruba?
Aruba is a small constituent country of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the sovereign state. The Kingdom of the Netherlands is made up of the Netherlands in Europe, and Aruba, Curaçao and Sint Maarten in the Caribbean. The three island nations are semi-autonomous, and have their own parliament.
Aruba sits around 18 mi (29 km) north from the coast of Venezuela. It spans an area of 69 sq mi (179 sq km), or around the same size as Washington D.C. It has a population of around 117,000 people, with 38,000 residing in the capital of Oranjestad.
Legal Marijuana In Aruba
There is no legal marijuana in Aruba, including both medical and recreational. Although generally tolerated to a lesser extent than their European capital of Amsterdam, marijuana in Aruba is still around. Anywhere there’s a high amount of tourists, you’ll likely be able to find marijuana. Whether finding marijuana is a smart decision though is a completely different question.
According to MTL Blog, the laws against cannabis in Aruba are severe. Things might soon be changing though, with the Minister of Science recently making a big announcement.
The Future Of Marijuana In Aruba
The Science Minister of Aruba announced that a medical cannabis product will be legalized soon, and available in pharmacies. Although more concrete details around this are currently lacking, the coronavirus pandemic may be forcing the hand of the Aruban government.
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Being a tropical island in the Caribbean and all, Aruba relies heavily on tourism. With the strict social distancing and travel bans currently in place, Aruba is looking to diversify its economy. The nation’s tourism minister, Dangui Oduber, recently estimated that more than a quarter of the islands jobs may be lost. To create new jobs, Aruba is looking into the cultivation of medical marijuana. While this sounds like it would be export only, having medical marijuana operations setup would allow for a fairly simple expansion into the domestic market too.