Cannabis in Iceland

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Cannabis in Iceland is illegal; consumption is illegal even in small amounts. Possession, sale, transportation and cultivation could result in jail time. Possession is not strictly enforced; heavy fines are given.[1]


Cannabis was first banned on 14 October 1969, when a regulation was set to ban cannabis.[2] The regulation added cannabis to an existing anti-opium regulation, due to concerns about rising popularity among youth.[3] In 1974 the ban was added to the Icelandic legislation.[1]


  1. ^ a b Lög um ávana- og fíkniefni 1974 nr. 65 21. maí,, retrieved 2009-02-09
  2. ^ “Marihuana og LSD loks bannað hér!” (in Icelandic) (235). Tíminn. 25 October 1969. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  3. ^ Helgi Gunnlaugsson; John F. Galliher (January 2000). Wayward Icelanders: Punishment, Boundary Maintenance, and the Creation of Crime. Univ of Wisconsin Press. pp. 92–. ISBN 978-0-299-16534-5.