Population
20675000
Tolerance
7 / 10
Medical
Yes
Status
Illegal

Cannabis in Sri Lanka is legally sold through Ayurveda herbal shops, and can be used for medical and scientific purposes if given a license by the Ministry of Health.

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Hemp

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Hemp was found in Sri Lanka at least as early as the 17th century, when Fernão de Queyroz observed: "there is little hemp, because only a little of it is cultivated." 


Culture

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Cannabis plays a major role in the traditional culture of the island, with the specific Sinhalese or Sanskrit names virapati (“hero-leaved”), capta (“light-hearted”), ananda (“bliss”), trilok kamaya (“desired in three worlds”) and harshini (“the rejoicers”) indicating its various properties, such as inducing euphoria and heightening sexual energy.


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History


  • The import of bhang or ganja was banned

    1897

  • The Minister for Indigenous Medicine sought limited legalization

    2008

    of cannabis for medical purposes. The new officeholder in 2013 likewise proposed to amend the Ayurveda Act to recognize the value of cannabis.


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