Cannabis in Mauritius is illegal. Locally it is known as gandia.Improve information
A 1974 report on addiction noted that cannabis was usually smoked in cigarette rolls or clay pipes, but was mixed into cakes or sweets, or the beverage bhang. The writer noted it was rarely sniffed as snuff as "it burns the nose".
In February 1999, a rally was held calling for legalization of cannabis. The famed Mauritian musician Kaya performed, and publicly smoked cannabis at the event. He was detained by police, and four days later died in custody.
Cannabis was banned in the British colony of Mauritius