Burkina Faso

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Location of Burkina Faso within Africa

Burkina Faso, also known by its short-form name Burkina, is a landlocked country in West Africa around 274200 km2 in size. It is surrounded by six countries: Mali to the north; Niger to the east; Benin to the southeast; Togo and Ghana to the south; and Ivory Coast to the southwest.


Cannabis and all activities associated with it are illegal in Burkina Faso. It is one of the poorest countries in the world however police are known to take any form of drug violation very seriously. In 2002, the police seized over 800kg of cannabis and arrested 280 individuals involved in cannabis tracking. Their sentences range from 3 months to 5 years in prison.[1]

Illicit drug production in Burkina Faso is limited to cannabis cultivation and has been reported across Burkina Faso, but is more prevalent along the southern borders, the outskirts of Ouagadougou, near Bobo Dioulasso, and close to Boromo. Burkina Faso borders six other countries, making it a natural transit point for drugs moving from coastal West Africa on their way across the Sahel north to Europe.[2]

Additional Resources


  1. Laws and legal news about marijuana in Burkina Faso (2014), marijuanatravels.com
  2. Country reports: Burkina Faso. (March 1, 2011), thefreelibrary.com


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