Legality of Cannabis by U.S. Jurisdiction

Cannabis in East Timor is illegal.[1]

A 2012 assessment undertaken on behalf of the UNFPA noted that cannabis was easily available in East Timor, often termed "ganja", with "coklat" appearing to refer to hashish.

Cannabis was believed to be grown locally, usually bought and smoked in a pre-rolled joint, while hashish (smoked mixed with tobacco in a cigarette or sometimes a bong) was believed to be smuggled from Indonesia.[2]

On September 15, 2022, the president of East Timor, José Ramos-Horta, gave a speech calling for a more progressive drug policy that would distinguish cannabis from narcotics. He cited the benefits of cannabis on crime, health, and the economy in other countries.[3][4]


  1. ^ "Legal status of cannabis in Timor-Leste (East Timor) -". Retrieved 2020-12-23.
  2. ^ Conducted by: Aardvark Consulting Co. Ltd. Commissioned by: UNFPA, Timor-Leste (2012). Drug Use in Timor-Leste: An Assessment (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-05-17. Retrieved 2016-12-07.
  3. ^ AFP (2022-09-16). "Timor-Leste: Drug policy should distinguish cannabis from dangerous drugs – president". Macau News Agency. Retrieved 2022-09-25.
  4. ^ Costa, João (2022-09-19). "East Timor: President calls for new drug policy". Cannareporter. Retrieved 2022-09-25.