Are weeds authorized in Ethiopia?


Ethiopia may not be the hotspot destination everyone is talking about, but it's a pretty big player for Africa. Ethiopian Airlines is the largest airline in Africa and the fourth largest in the world by the number of countries the airline serves. The country also has the 7th largest GDP and second largest population in the continent. Of course, this means nothing when it comes to legal weeds. So let's get to the point. There are still no legal recreational or medicinal weeds in Ethiopia, but the country could be a future cannabis hub in Africa.

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Weed laws of Ethiopia

As mentioned above, weeds are not legal in Ethiopia. According to Sensi Seeds, owning cannabis could land you with it a fine and six months in prison. Selling cannabis comes with far more severe penalties, of course. This could result in a prison sentence of up to 10 years and a fine of 100,000 Ethiopian Birr ($ 2,700 at the time of writing). Growing weeds in Ethiopia is also illegal. The country does not recognize cannabis as a medicine, so medicinal use is likely to incur the same penalties.

Attitudes to weeds

The Rastafarian culture and beliefs are closely related to Ethiopia. However, cannabis acceptance is not as widespread across the country as it is in Jamaica, the heart of Rastafarian. Even so, cannabis use is quite common among youth in the country. Weed use is much more evident in Addis Ababa, the country's capital and largest city.

Ethiopia Potential future industry

A recent study found that Ethiopia's potential future cannabis industry is worth $ 9.8 billion, roughly 10% of its current total GDP. This was based on the 7.1 million Ethiopian cannabis smokers and users, who rank second on the continent after Nigeria. Of course, having a potential market and realizing a new industry are two very different things. Hopefully the government has taken note of this study and has made them think about legal weeds in Ethiopia soon.

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Beth Edmonds