Cannabis in Lithuania

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Cannabis in Lithuania is illegal for recreational purposes, but production of industrial hemp is permitted. The law legalizing medical cannabis was passed by the Seimas on 11 October 2018 with an effective date of 1 May 2019.[1]

Industrial hemp[edit]

In 2013 Lithuania was the only country in the European Union which banned the cultivation of industrial hemp, and in September that year by a vote of 66–16 the government elected to legalize industrial hemp, pending the president's signature and to take effect at the start of 2014.[2]

2016 protest[edit]

In 2016, protestors planning an April 20th event at Parliament were targeted by the Prosecutor General's Office, which believed that permitting the event might "violate the public interest".[3]


  1. ^ Merkytė, Vytautė (11 October 2018). "Seimas pritarė medicininių kanapių legalizavimui" (in Lithuanian). Retrieved 11 December 2018.
  2. ^ Liepa Želnienė 15min žurnalistė (2013-05-23). "Lithuania legalizes industrial cannabis |". Retrieved 2016-12-11.
  3. ^ "Cannabis activists to gather in Vilnius". 2016-03-31. Retrieved 2016-12-11.