Legal status of cannabis in Belgium – an overview

Belgium has an unusual history in terms of drug policy. For decades after prohibition, all drugs were treated similarly harshly. At the turn of the 21st century, cannabis laws were relaxed and personal quantities tolerated. However, a change of government late last year may spell an abrupt end to this tolerant approach.

Legal aspects concerning consumption, possession and cultivation of cannabis

Cannabis possession & consumption

Belgium has several cannabis social clubs supplying small quantities to individuals in need

Belgium has a relatively unusual recent history of drug policy. Until 2003, there was no legal distinction between the various classes of controlled substances (such as the ‘schedule’ systems employed in many other countries), and a cannabis offence would be treated the same as a heroin or cocaine offence.

In 2003, a new directive was issued that differentiated cannabis from other illegal drugs and...

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