Legality of Cannabis by U.S. Jurisdiction

Cannabis in the Democratic Republic of the Congo is illegal.


Cannabis may have been introduced to the Congo region in the 1850s, carried there by Swahili traders from Zanzibar.[1] In the 1880s, the Beni Diamba (People of Cannabis) movement popularized ritual use of cannabis in southwest Congo.[2]


Cannabis is the only drug produced locally in the DRC (which is one of the largest producers in Africa) and is primarily for local consumption,[3][4] though smaller amounts are smuggled to France and Belgium.[5]


  1. ^ Vera Rubin (1 January 1975). Cannabis and Culture. Walter de Gruyter. pp. 99–. ISBN 978-3-11-081206-0.
  2. ^ Sander L. Gilman; Xun Zhou (2004). Smoke: A Global History of Smoking. Reaktion Books. pp. 53–. ISBN 978-1-86189-200-3.
  3. ^ G. Klantschnig; N. Carrier; C. Ambler (7 August 2014). Drugs in Africa: Histories and Ethnographies of Use, Trade, and Control. Springer. pp. 190–. ISBN 978-1-137-32191-6.
  4. ^ United States. Central Intelligence Agency (2009). The CIA World Factbook 2010. Skyhorse Publishing Inc. pp. 161–. ISBN 978-1-60239-727-9.
  5. ^ Paul V. Daly (July 1996). The Supply of Illicit Drugs to the United States: The Nnicc Report. DIANE Publishing. pp. 63–. ISBN 978-0-7881-3942-0.