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Location of Rwanda within Africa

Rwanda, officially the Republic of Rwanda, is a sovereign state in central and east Africa. Located a few degrees south of the Equator, Rwanda is bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Rwanda is in the African Great Lakes region and is highly elevated.


Cannabis and all activities associated with it are illegal in Rwanda and perpetrators are fined, imprisoned or both. Authorities have intensified their efforts to fight the cannabis trade by using sniffer dogs at random roadside checkpoints.[1]

The Rwandan Ministry of Health has sent to Parliament a bill that would legalize the use of cannabis and other drugs for medical purposes, the Rwandan newspaper New Times reported. Health Minister Dr. Richard Sezibera, who presented the draft law governing drugs, psychotropic substances, and precursors, said the bill would protect the population.[2]

Additional Resources


  1. Laws and legal news about marijuana in Rwanda (2014), Marijuana Travels
  2. Rwanda Moves to Legalize Medical Marijuana (2014),


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