Cannabis in Namibia is illegal for recreational and medical uses, but cannabis, just like and mandrax (methaqualone), are the most popular illicit drugs in the country. Cannabis also has an history of use as a traditional medicine by local indigenous communities. Per the 2011 UNODC report, the incidence of annual cannabis usage in Namibia was 3.9% as of 2000.
The term dagga or dakha ("grass") is common for cannabis, with a cannabis cigarette termed a zol or joint.
Laws and policies
Around 2007, the Combating the Abuse of Drugs Act was proposed in Namibia, proposed to offer a 20 year jail sentence even for first-time drug offense, regardless of drug type or quantity. Protests were raised against the proposal, particularly by Namibia's creative class and Rastafarian community.
Legal cannabis exports
Task-force on cannabis reforms
In late 2020, a governmental task force was established to consult on the eventual regulation and controlled use of cannabis in Namibia, including a public consultation process open from 12 to 22 November 2020. The Cannabis and Hemp Association of Namibia (CHAN) was constituted, with support from the Dagga Couple of neighbouring South Africa, to represent voices of the communities of people who use or grow cannabis and hemp in the country.
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