Cannabis in Uganda

Cannabis in Uganda is illegal; the drug is locally referred to as bhang.[1] Cannabis is the only drug produced within the country.[2]


The British as early as 1902 banned the production of "opium" in Uganda, noting that opium "includes... also the preparation known as bhang, ganja, churus, and chandoo natron".[3]

A 1902 British ethnological work noted that cannabis was used in Uganda, only by men, and particularly smoked in a water pipe. Young men of fighting age were not allowed to smoke cannabis.[4]


  1. ^ The East Africa Law Reports. Butterworth's. 1973.
  2. ^ William R. Brownfield (May 2011). International Narcotics Control Strategy Report: Volume I: Drug and Chemical Control. DIANE Publishing. pp. 626–. ISBN 978-1-4379-8272-5.
  3. ^ British and Foreign State Papers. H.M. Stationery Office. 1905. pp. 928–.
  4. ^ Charles William Hobley (1902). Eastern Uganda: An Ethnological Survey. Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland. pp. 30–.