Is hashish authorized in Bulgaria?


Bulgaria as a country seems to be facing many problems at the moment. Problems Legalizing Cannabis Could Help With. Bulgaria is not only the poorest country in the European Union, it has that too fastest shrinking population in the world. By 2050, a population decrease of 22.5% compared to the current level in 2020 is expected. Now I am not suggesting that legalizing cannabis in Bulgaria would solve these problems, but the full introduction of a new industry would work wonders for the country’s economy. Let’s examine where Bulgaria is currently on cannabis.

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Weed laws in Bulgaria

The use of high risk drugs in Bulgaria (including cannabis) is punishable by a fine of between BGN 2,000 and 5,000 (USD 1200-3000 at the time of writing). If the amount is a small amount, e.g. B. a common amount, this can be considered a minor offense. Smaller violations can be punished with 1,000 BGN. However, possession of larger quantities can bear Time in jail, with up to 6 years in prison a possibility.

For drug trafficking (including cannabis) this can result in between 2 and 8 years in prison in Bulgaria. If circumstances permit (e.g. the inclusion of a minor) it can go up to 15 years in prison.

Attitudes to cannabis

In the larger cities of Sofia, Plovdiv and Varna, cannabis is still not as widespread as in other European countries. Or we should say it’s not that noticeable. Cannabis remains the most widely used illicit drug in the country 10% of the country’s adults have used cannabis in the past 12 months. This trend has only increased in the last ten years. In 2007 around 4.5% of adults used cannabis.

Hemp and medical cannabis in Bulgaria

The cultivation of cannabis in Bulgaria is in a legal gray area. It is legal for registered farmers who have not been convicted of drug-related crimes to grow cannabis for industrial purposes. Industrial cannabis is classified as Hemp with less than 0.2% THC.

Where the gray area comes in is that THC is viewed as a narcotic. Any amount of THC is therefore technically illegal. Now I’m not an agronomist, but I understand that hemp always contains traces of THC.

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Perhaps a US-based company got approval to sell its hemp-derived CBD product to make the gray area a little less gray, paving the way for a medical marijuana industry in Bulgaria. Raw legal cannabis in Bulgaria may be a fair way to go, but this is a good first step for the country.


Beth Edmonds