Legality of Cannabis by U.S. Jurisdiction

Cannabis in Myanmar (Burma) is illegal,[citation needed] but is illicitly cultivated, and was previously legal from 1939 onward.[when?]


Cannabis was banned in Myanmar(Burma) in 1870 (or 1874) while under British Empire rule, however there continued to be a high demands for cannabis, primarily among Indian workers.[1] Noting this continuing demand, primarily among Indian workers rather than local Burmese, the Burmese government legalized and taxed cannabis beginning in 1939.[2]


  1. ^ James H. Mills (11 September 2003). Cannabis Britannica: Empire, Trade, and Prohibition 1800-1928. OUP Oxford. pp. 110–. ISBN 978-0-19-155465-0.
  2. ^ A. Wright (21 November 2013). Opium and Empire in Southeast Asia: Regulating Consumption in British Burma. Springer. pp. 82–. ISBN 978-1-137-31760-5.