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Location of Kenya within Africa

Kenya, officially the Republic of Kenya, is a country in the African Great Lakes region of East Africa. Its capital and largest city is Nairobi. Kenya lies on the equator with the Indian Ocean to the south-east, Tanzania to the south, Uganda to the west, South Sudan to the north-west, Ethiopia to the north and Somalia to the north-east. Kenya covers 581309 km2 and has a population of approximately 44 million as of July 2012.


Cannabis is illegal in Kenya and corrupt police officials are known to impose heavy on-the-spot fines which usually end up straight in the pockets of the arresting officers. If fines are paid, it is rare for minor cases to go any further than that, although it appears that possession cases are increasingly resulting in detention and court appearances.[1]

U.S. President Barack Obama’s half-brother, George, was arrested in January of this year for possession of cannabis, although charges were later dropped. Another case that made international headlines was that of a Briton, Alexander Monson, who died in police custody in the coastal town of Diani after having been arrested for allegedly smoking cannabis.[2]

Additional Resources


  1. Laws and legal news about marijuana in Kenya (2011), Marijuana Travels
  2. Cannabis in Kenya (December 30, 2013), Sensi Seeds


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