Cannabis in Namibia

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Cannabis in Namibia is illegal for recreational and medical uses, but cannabis and mandrax (methaqualone) are the most popular illicit drugs in the country.[1] Per the 2011 UNODC report, the incidence of annual cannabis usage in Namibia was 3.9% in 2000.[2]


The term dagga or dakha ("grass") is common for cannabis, with a cannabis cigarette termed a zol or joint.[3]

Legal cannabis exports[edit]

In 2015 it was announced that Australian mining firm Erin Resources had acquired rights to grow medical cannabis in Namibia.[4]

Proposed legislation[edit]

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.[5][6]


  1. ^ Stephen C. Adkisson; Osei G. Kofi; Tony Figueira (1995). Children in Namibia: Reaching Towards the Rights of Every Child. Social Sciences Division, University of Namibia.
  2. ^ World Drug Report 2011. United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Cannabis stats are from Chapter Consumption: Annual prevalence of Cannabis, p. 217. "Sources: Annual Reports Questionnaires, Academic Researches, Concise International Chemical Assessment Documents (CICAD), Government Reports, European School Survey Project on Alcohol and Other Drugs (ESPAD), International Narcotics Control Strategy Reports (INCSR)."
  3. ^ "Marijuana problem in northern Namibia". Retrieved 2015-12-06.
  4. ^ Cole Latimer (2015-07-22). "Miners gets new permits to grow marijuana | Mining Australia". Retrieved 2015-12-06.
  5. ^ "Africa: Proposed Draconian Drug Law in Namibia Runs Into Intense Opposition". Retrieved 2015-12-06.
  6. ^ "Public gets on high horse over new drug law". The Namibian. 2016-11-03. Retrieved 2016-11-07.