Legality of Cannabis by U.S. Jurisdiction

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Cannabis in Benin is illegal. The country is not a major drug producer or consumer, but increasingly serves as a transshipment point for drugs produced elsewhere. Cannabis is the only drug produced locally in Benin, though mostly on a small scale.[1][2]


The Encyclopedia of Drug Policy noted in 2011 that over the past two decades, sale of cannabis had increasingly fallen under the control of organized crime syndicates operating regionally, particularly from Nigeria.[3] Porto-Novo emerged as a particular transit point, given its proximity to Nigeria which allowed collaboration with Yoruba smugglers.[1]


In 2006, Benin seized 82 kilograms of cannabis.[4]


  1. ^ a b Guy Arnold (13 May 2013). The International Drugs Trade. Routledge. pp. 191–. ISBN 978-1-135-45515-6.
  2. ^ DIANE Publishing Company (1 August 1995). International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, 1995. DIANE Publishing. pp. 446–. ISBN 978-0-7881-2057-2.
  3. ^ Mark A. R. Kleiman; James E. Hawdon (12 January 2011). Encyclopedia of Drug Policy. SAGE Publications. pp. 117–. ISBN 978-1-5063-3824-8.
  4. ^ Estupefacientes: previsiones de las necesidades mundiales para 2008, estadisticas de 2006. United Nations Publications. 1 April 2008. pp. 313–. ISBN 978-92-1-048119-9.[permanent dead link]