History of CBD and Cannabis In: Somalia

by in CBD Information December 31, 2019

The past fifteen years have been absolutely fascinating when it comes to cannabis.

The pace of change has been almost overwhelming, as countries across the world have dramatically liberalized their cannabis laws. A few states have outright legalized the drug, but a more common approach has been to lower penalties or decriminalize marijuana use, while also legalizing medical marijuana.

However, that is not to say that all countries have taken these progressive steps.

Indeed, in Africa, very few have, and the tiny, poverty-stricken nation of Somalia is no exception. All cannabis use there remains illegal, and police reportedly are very strict about enforcing these laws. Unfortunately, trafficking and sale of cannabis remains an issue, and there are decades-old reports of cannabis trafficking being used to fund local war efforts by regional warlords.

History Of Cannabis In Somalia

Cannabis is one of the many substances which has been trafficked and transported by Somali pirates. It was explicitly mentioned – and made illegal – in Somalia’s 1971 penal code.

Interestingly, cannabis is not, by any stretch, the most popular or used drugs in the country. That honor belongs to Khat, a leaf which can be turned into an intoxicating drug. According to a 2007 report, an astonishingly high 70.1% of survey respondents said they had used Khat in the previous week. Cannabis smoking was at a mere 10.7%, a number which is somewhat in line with other surveys throughout the world.

That is not to say that cannabis is not popular, used or lucrative. Reports dating back to the 1990s noted that Somali warlords used cannabis harvesting and sales to fund their war efforts. A 2013 book also noted that cannabis growing operates continued unabated in southern Somalia.

Current Legal Status

All forms of cannabis are illegal in Somalia, whether it is for recreational or medical purposes. There are no active efforts in the government to legalize the drug. Penalties are noted to be “severe.” Somalia is one of the few countries in the world to give the death penalty to drug traffickers. It has also been noted that foreigners who are arrested and jailed in Somalia are likely to experience significant difficulties obtaining legal assistance.

Local reports indicate that marijuana is obtainable, but local law enforcement are very strict when it comes to marijuana sale and use. In other words, they are not likely to look the other way, barring the payment of a large bribe.

CBD use is also illegal in Somalia. Given the country’s harsh official stand towards cannabis, this is not much of a surprise, and again, there have been no efforts to try to legalize the compound in the country.

Author: Leafwindow Team

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