A 1996 report noted that cultivation of cannabis was present in Belarus, fueling usage in the country; the same report noted that personal possession of cannabis was not at that time illegal. Though production and use of cannabis was already illegal, on 31 December 2016 Belarus also banned the cultivation of cannabis.
- United States. Dept. of State. Bureau of International Narcotics Matters; United States. Bureau for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (1 June 1996). International narcotics control strategy report. The Bureau. p. 332. ISBN 978-0-16-048569-5.
- Belarus Fully Bans Cannabis, Opium Poppy Cultivation. Sputnik International, 20161231