Cannabis laws in Bosnia & Herzegovina

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Cannabis laws in Bosnia & Herzegovina. The medical use of cannabis is not regulated in Bosnia and Herzegovina as such. However, the Law on Prevention and Suppression of Narcotic Drugs Abuse of Bosnia and Herzegovina only permits growing, importing and selling hemp for industrial purposes.

Cannabis laws in Bosnia & Herzegovina

The medical use of cannabis is not regulated in Bosnia and Herzegovina as such. However, the Law on Prevention and Suppression of Narcotic Drugs Abuse of Bosnia and Herzegovina only permits growing, importing and selling hemp for industrial purposes.

Medical: illegal
Recreational: illegal

Cannabis is illegal for medical and recreational use in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In recent years lawmakers and patients have called for the legalization of medical marijuana, but so far no progress has been reached.

Cultivation of industrial hemp by licensed farmers is legal for fibers, animal feed, and hemp seed production, as long as the plants have 0.2% THC or less. However, growers are not allowed to process the flower. 

Possible penalties

Growing, buying, or selling cannabis is illegal in Bosnia and Herzegovina and being caught doing so means you can face large fines and jail time.  

Medical marijuana in Bosnia and Herzegovina 

Despite overwhelming public support for medical marijuana, there is currently no legal program for patients in Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

There have been several pushes for a medical marijuana program. In 2016, the Ministry of Civil Affairs created a task force to examine the feasibility of and make recommendations for a medical cannabis program, sparking hope for legalization. 

In 2019, a member of the House of Representatives introduced an initiative to legalize medical cannabis. Nothing resulted from either initiative. Another article pushing for medical legalization was published in 2022, and there is hope the government will re-examine the issue

CBD regulations

CBD exists in a gray area in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Although industrial hemp is legal, processing the flower (the part of the plant that contains CBD) is not. There are no laws explicitly banning CBD, but there is no legal infrastructure for processing it either. 

The country is not a member of the European Union, and does not need to recognize the 2020 EU Court ruling that determined CBD and its products were not narcotics, so “a country of the European Union cannot prohibit the marketing of cannabidiol legally produced in another member state.”

Can you grow your own weed?

No, you cannot legally grow cannabis plants in Bosnia and Herzegovina. 

Which country produces the most legal cannabis?

Britain is the world’s largest producer of legal cannabis, a new report from the United Nations has revealed. Ninety five tonnes of marijuana was produced in the UK in 2016 for medicinal and scientific use, accounting for 44.9 per cent of the world total, its International Narcotics Control Board (INCB) found.

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