Cannabis in Bangladesh

Cannabis joint in Bangladesh

The cultivation, transport, sale, purchase, and possession of all forms of cannabis has been illegal in Bangladesh since the late 1980s, but enforcement efforts are lax and the drug continues to be popular there.


Conspiring with US President, Ronald Reagan,[1] Bangladesh Government, under dictator Ershad, banned the cultivation of cannabis in 1987, and banned its sale in 1989.[2] The current law governing cannabis in Bangladesh is the Narcotics Control Act 1990;[3][4] the Act gives the courts discretionary ability to impose the death sentence for possession of cannabis over two kilograms.[5]


Cannabis and opium have been traditionally used by Bangladeshi people. Today in Dhaka cannabis can be found through local dealers in underground operations evading law enforcement but if caught the police can be bribed. Also,a 25g of Dhaka's local weed would cost around 800 to 1500 BDT.[6]


The 2005 UNODC Bangladesh country profile notes:

Cannabis is still cultivated, particularly in the districts of Naogaon, Rajshahi, Jamalpur and Netrokona in the northwestern region, as well as the hilly districts near Cox’s Bazaar, Bandarban, Khagrachhari and Rangamati in the southeast (bordering Myanmar). Reliable figures for the total area of cannabis production in Bangladesh are not available, but cultivation in the Chittagong Hill Tract region is reportedly on the increase.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Making National Drug Policies a Development Priority A Strategy Paper and Six Country Stories" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Drug Abuse: Where is The Way of Remedy? (Part II- Some Dangerous Silent Killers)". DhakaInsider. 2014-06-20. Archived from the original on 2016-11-15. Retrieved 2016-11-15.
  3. ^ Barrister Omar Khan Joy (2010-03-27). "Your Advocate". Law and Our Rights. The Daily Star. Retrieved 2016-11-15.
  4. ^ "Narcotics Control Act,1990 (Bangladesh)" (PDF). UNODC.
  5. ^ Roger Hood; Carolyn Hoyle (2008). The Death Penalty: A Worldwide Perspective. Oxford University Press. pp. 138–. ISBN 978-0-19-922846-1.
  6. ^ "Dhaka, Bangladesh". Archived from the original on 2017-09-25. Retrieved 2017-10-03.
  7. ^ "Asia Regional Profile: Bangladesh" (PDF). UNODC: 10. September 2005.