Democratic Republic of the Congo

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Democratic Republic of the Congo

The Democratic Republic of the Congo, sometimes referred to as DR Congo, DRC, Congo, is a country located in the African Great Lakes region of Central Africa. It is the second largest country in Africa by area and the eleventh largest in the world. It is bordered by the Central African Republic and South Sudan to the north, Uganda, Rwanda, and Burundi in the east, Zambia and Angola to the south, the Republic of the Congo, the Angolan exclave of Cabinda, and the Atlantic Ocean to the west and is separated from Tanzania by Lake Tanganyika in the east.


Despite poor law enforcement, the trafficking of drugs including cannabis is a capital offense in DR Congo, although authorities will not always impose the death penalty. It is not known how many of the 330-500 individuals currently on death row are there for trafficking offenses. Present-day cannabis laws were codified in 1917, and have not been amended since, although the nation is also a party to the 1988 UN Drug Convention.[1]

Additional Resources


  1. Cannabis in the Democratic Republic of Congo (December 17, 2013), Sensi Seeds


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