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Location of Burma

Burma, officially the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, commonly shortened to Myanmar is a sovereign state in Southeast Asia bordered by Bangladesh, India, China, Laos and Thailand. One third of Burma's total perimeter of 1,930 kilometres forms an uninterrupted coastline along the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea. Burma's population of over 50 million makes it the world's 24th most populous country, it is the world's 40th largest country and the second largest in Southeast Asia.


Cannabis and all activities associated with it are illegal in Burma, however due to high levels of corruption amongst police officials, it is difficult to ascertain exactly what penalties are given as standard for cannabis violations in the country. A document released by the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) states that a mandatory five to ten year custodial sentence is given for possession and cultivation. Trafficking carries a minimum mandatory sentence of ten years; the maximum sentence is not specified and may therefore be life. For import and export, a further mandatory minimum of fifteen years is specified. Fines may also be levied in any of these situations.[1]

Additional Resources


  1. Cannabis in Myanmar (2014), Sensi Seeds. Retrieved September 1, 2014.

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