Liberia

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Location of Liberia within Africa

Liberia, officially the Republic of Liberia, is a country in West Africa bordered by Sierra Leone to its west, Guinea to its north and Ivory Coast to its east. It covers an area of 111369 km2 and is home to about 4 million people. Liberia is the only country in Africa founded by United States colonization while occupied by native Africans.

Legislation

Cannabis is illegal in Liberia as are all related activities associated with it. Liberia is both a transit point for drug trafficking (that includes weed) from South America to Europe and a marijuana producer grown by small-scale farmers.[1]

Laws are weak and poorly enforced due to a lack of resources and funding, resulting in widespread corruption and arrests that go no further than a bribe, in many cases. The main body of authority charged with managing drug-related crime in Liberia is the Liberian Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). The Liberian National Police (LNP) is also involved in combating drug crime, but both agencies are underfunded, undermanned and generally under-resourced. Cannabis is generally seen as a less pressing issue than cocaine and heroin, although Liberian authorities are ostensibly concerned over deforestation, loss of biodiversity, and long-term employment prospects for youths caught up in the cannabis trade—as well as the perceived negative effect on mental health caused by use of cannabis and other drugs.[2]

Additional Resources

References

  1. Laws and legal news about marijuana in Liberia (2014), Marijuana Travels
  2. Cannabis in Liberia Part II – Drug Policy (February 18, 2014), Sensi Seeds


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