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Location of Finland within Europe

Finland, officially the Republic of Finland, or "Suomen tasavalta" in Finnish, is a Nordic country situated in the Fennoscandian region of Northern Europe. It is bordered by Sweden to the west, Norway to the north, Russia to the east, and Estonia to the south across the Gulf of Finland.


Cannabis and all activities related to it are illegal in Finland.[1] Drug laws were changed a few years ago. A new category of "drug use crime" was developed. Previously there was only "drug crime", which applied to use, possession and trafficking. Presently a minor fine is ordinarily imposed for the use of drugs, through a summary penal order proceeding. In 2006 the first Finnish patient received legal cannabis on prescription. In 2008 it was legally stated that cannabis can be prescribed as medicine for patients. It is restricted only for cases where "western" medication failed. Some very high profile people have endorsed it in public. But there is still resistance against it among civil servants in the health care sector.[2] A very limited group of medicinal users (12 people as of 31 January 2010) are permitted to purchase Sativex mouth spray from one special pharmacy in the city of Turku.[3]

Additional Resources


  1. Laws and legal news about marijuana in Finland (2014), Marijuana Travels
  3. Lääkekannabiksen käyttö puhuttaa | Turku (March 30, 2010),


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