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Location of Uganda within Africa

Uganda, officially the Republic of Uganda, is a landlocked country in East Africa. It is bordered on the east by Kenya, on the north by South Sudan, on the west by the Democratic Republic of the Congo, on the southwest by Rwanda, and on the south by Tanzania. Uganda is the second most populous landlocked country. The southern part of the country includes a substantial portion of Lake Victoria, shared with Kenya and Tanzania, situating the country in the African Great Lakes region. Uganda also lies within the Nile basin, and has a varied but generally equatorial climate.


Cannabis and all activities associated with it are illegal in Uganda in accordance with section 47(1) and 61 of the National Drug Policy and Authority Act Cap. 206. Police have been known to conduct raids on farmers growing the plant. However, there is reportedly an abundance of cannabis smokers in the capital, Kampala. Locals and particularly farmers have petitioned to have cannabis legalised but to date there has been no response from the government.[1]

Police sources say on average, they arrest 50 to 60 people in connection with cannabis smoking and selling as well as other crimes in Kampala every month. Besides arrests, the Police are engaging in pro-active ways of stopping the sale and consumption of marijuana through community policing.[2]

Additional Resources


  1. Laws and legal news about marijuana in Uganda, Marijuana Travels
  2. Marijuana sale booms in Kampala as crime goes up (February 5, 2013),


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