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Weeds in Belarus – The Cannabis Climate

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Weeds are not legal for medicinal or recreational purposes in Belarus. The aim of this article is to examine how illegal cannabis is in Belarus, how widely accepted and indulgent it is, and what the future might look like for the Eastern European country.

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Belarus and Europe

Belarus is arguably one of the lesser known countries in Europe. Many people have probably only learned about this recently, and all of the political protests made international news.

In terms of size, Belarus is quite large by European standards. It’s only smaller than Romania, but about three times the size of Ireland. In terms of population, it is smaller than Hungary, but larger than Austria.

As for GDP per capita, similar to Serbia and Montenegro, it is at the lower end of the European nations. Every citizen makes around $ 20,000 a year.

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Europe is often viewed as one of the most advanced regions in the world, which for the most part is very true. Belarus, on the other hand, is the opposite of that, often referred to as the last dictatorship within Europe.

Belarus Weed Laws

For Belarus, drugs are drugs. No distinction is made between a few grams of weed or a few grams of cocaine. According to Belarus Digest, minor possession by prosecutors is often (incorrectly but deliberately) classified as drug trafficking, at least that is 5 years in prisonand therefore 5 years of free forced labor is required as a punishment.

Even compared to Russia’s weed laws, Belarus is far stricter.

Belarus & weeds in the future

All the recent political protests in Belarus show that citizens want more freedom and liberation. The authoritarian President Alexander Lukashenko (picture above) remains in power for the time being.

The protests from 2020 and through to 2021 were the largest political protests Belarus has ever seen. While support for democracy and greater freedom is certainly there in the country, it does not seem to carry over to all areas such as cannabis reform.

Support for legal cannabis in Belarus, either medical or recreational, remains very low. And without public support, the chances of change are greatly reduced.

In Minsk, the capital and largest city of Belarus, protests against the legalization of cannabis have rarely been seen over the years. Aside from these protests, there isn’t much support on public display except for online organizations like Legalize Belarus.

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Beth Edmonds