Cannabis in Panama

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In Panama, the consumption of cannabis or any of its derivatives for any purpose is illegal, but it is often unenforced and its use is often tolerated by the general public. Its use is regarded as a taboo subject and it may be masked by the addition of food flavorings. Its sale is often carried out in an inconspicuous manner and its use for medical purposes is currently being discussed in the national assembly. (Asamblea Nacional de Panama)[1] It is often consumed by the youth and cannabis extracts are sometimes used in e-cigarettes.[2][3]


The cultivation and use of cannabis (kan-jac) was banned in Panama in 1923.[4]


The Panamanian 1935 Judicial Register refers to cannabis being commonly known locally as "Canyac" or "Kan Jac".[5]


  1. ^ "Desmantelan red que supuestamente se dedicaba a la venta de marihuana líquida | La Prensa Panamá". (in Spanish). 2019-10-19. Retrieved 2020-06-10.
  2. ^ AP (2019-10-10). "Vuelve a debate legalización de cannabis medicinal en Panamá". Telemetro (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020-06-10.
  3. ^ Panamá, GESE-La Estrella de. "Sí al cannabis medicinal, pero no al cultivo de la planta en Panamá". La Estrella de Panamá (in Spanish). Retrieved 2020-06-10.
  4. ^ Rowan Robinson (1996). The Great Book of Hemp: The Complete Guide to the Environmental, Commercial, and Medicinal Uses of the World's Most Extraordinary Plant. Inner Traditions / Bear & Co. pp. 58–. ISBN 978-0-89281-541-8.
  5. ^ Registro judicial: Organo del poder judicial de la República de Panamá. Imprenta Nacional. 1935.