Cannabis in Estonia

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Cannabis in Estonia is illegal, but possession of up to 7.5 grams is considered an amount for personal use, and is punished with a fine. Large amounts and distribution are criminal offences and punishable with a custodial sentence of up to 5 years.[1] In 2018, the then recently merged municipality of Kanepi in southern Estonia adopted the cannabis leaf as the symbol on its flag and coat of arms.[2] Kanep is the Estonian word for cannabis. Hemp was historically used as a product in shipbuilding. It was traded from the eastern Baltic within the Hanseatic League and in the sixteenth century directly to the Netherlands for this purpose.[3]


  1. ^ Europe Guide : Maps of Europe by language, religion, population density, hair and eye color, etc,, 19 April 1994, retrieved 2011-02-17
  2. ^ Kanepi Municipality residents choose cannabis leaf for flag, coat of arms, Eesti Rahvusringhääling, 2018-03-06, retrieved 2018-08-21
  3. ^ Kasekamp, Andres (2018). A History of the Baltic States,. London: Palgrave Macmillan. p. 34. ISBN 978-1-137-57365-0.