Population
9485300
Tolerance
2 / 10
Medical
No
Status
Illegal

Drug cultivation, including opium and cannabis is highly illegal in Belarus. The old law used to distinguish between possession and distribution, which means people with small amounts could get away with merely a fine or a suspended sentence. Now the laws have tightened, and depending on your situation and on the mood of the law enforcement officials, possessing any amounts of marijuana can cost you anything from huge bribes for several authorities to 8-10 years in prison.

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Hemp

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A 1996 report noted that cultivation of cannabis was present in Belarus, fueling usage in the country; the same report noted that personal possession of cannabis was not at that time illegal. Though production and use of cannabis was already illegal, on 31 December 2016 Belarus also banned the cultivation of cannabis.


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In 2017 a group of lawyers, journalists and activists launched Legalize Belarus civic education and advocacy campaign (https://legalizebelarus.org/). Organisation provides education about psychoactive substances, addictions and drug policies and advocate for decriminalisation of small amounts of the controlled substances. Activists can be reached by E-mail: info@legalizebelarus.org



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