History Of CBD And Cannabis: Comoros
Located off the eastern coast of Africa, the Comoros has always had a contentious and often conflicting relationship to nonviolent drug offenses, trafficking, and cultivation.
At the end of the nineteenth century, Comoros became part of the French colonial empire. As a nation formed at the intersection of many distinct cultures, the French had a hard time instituting meaningful rule that would diminish the problems of intergroup violence and political conflict.
By 1975, the Comoros finally gained independence from colonial rule. Ending colonial rule did little to calm political conflict, considering that the islands have undergone over twenty coups since the seventies.
With the worst income inequality measure out of any other nation on earth, the Comoros have been essentially unable to institute an effective policy concerning the cultivation, use, and distribution of marijuana for the vast majority of its modern political history.
Cannabis, CBD, And Comoros
Currently, cannabis is completely illegal for both recreational and medical use in the Comoros. Over the past one hundred years, there was only one period from 1975 to 1978 where President Soilih legalized cannabis consumption due to local pressures.
Ultimately, the memory of colonial rule, as well as pressure from the United States and neighboring states, forced Comoros into a position of broad criminalization measures. In the seventies and eighties, the United States and other Western nations implemented very restrictive drug policies that they pushed on the rest of the developing world.
Additionally, the area is primarily conservative and most of the conservative residents advocate abstinence from any intoxicants. All Comorian law rests on a blend of Islamic law and French legal code – this explains the government’s overwhelming negative attitude towards cannabis.
The conservative nature of the residents, coupled with international policies from both nations and non-governmental institutions, has restricted the ability of the Comoros to reframe marijuana use.
Despite broad criminalization of marijuana, the government is still weak with a small radius of power. This means that law enforcers are often unable to root out illicit drug organizations, some of which have been in powerful operations since the sixties. Among residents, public marijuana is largely tolerated outside of the country’s capital.
Since Comoros is split into three separate islands, it’s difficult for law enforcement to adequately patrol regions known for illicit cannabis cultivation. For the most part, residents’ demand for cannabis is satiated directly from the islands illegal cannabis operations rather than international suppliers.A