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Location of South Africa within Africa

Tanzania, officially the United Republic of Tanzania is a country in East Africa in the African Great Lakes region. It is bordered by Kenya and Uganda to the north; Rwanda, Burundi and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west; and Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique to the south. The country's eastern border is formed by the Indian Ocean. Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain, is in northeastern Tanzania.


Cannabis and all activities associated with it are illegal in Tanzania with offenders sentenced anything from 1 to 10 years in prison. Reported to be the most abused substance in the country it's prevalence is seen between 15 to 50 year old users.[1]

Tanzania is one of the world’s largest cannabis producers, as well as producing significant quantities of khat and is situated along several international trafficking routes. Although illegal, systemic corruption and limited resources prevent authorities from enforcing the law consistently and effectively.

In 2010, seizures of cannabis in Tanzania amounted to 279.5 metric tons accounting for 4% of the global total and were the third largest by country after Mexico (2,313 MT) and the US (1,931 MT). Seizures have been increasing over the last few years, from 73 MT in 2003 and 150 MT in 2005. The national body responsible for coordinating national efforts to eradicate and impound cannabis in Tanzania is the Inter-Ministerial Anti-Drug Commission, which was founded in 1997 and currently is working closely with international anti-narcotics agencies including the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB). Structured cooperation between narcotics police in Tanzania, Uganda and Kenya have also been established.[2]

Additional Resources


  1. Laws and legal news about marijuana in Tanzania, Marijuana Travels
  2. Cannabis in Tanzania (July 25, 2013), Sensi Seeds


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