Legal Status of Cannabis in Poland – an Overview

Poland Poland is an eastern European country on the Baltic Sea, with a population of almost forty million, a strong economy, and (in recent years) a generally progressive approach to drug legislation. However, despite legislative successes over the last decade, the drug laws remain relatively strict by modern European standards.

Legality of Cannabis Possession, Sale and Cultivation

Cannabis Consumption and Possession

Consumption of drugs is not considered to be an offence in Poland, but simple possession is punishable by a maximum of three years’ imprisonment. In cases involving a “significant quantity of drugs”, penalties range from one to ten years’ imprisonment. In cases of “lesser gravity”, the maximum penalty is one year’s imprisonment.

There is no legal differentiation between cannabis and any other drug, and cases involving cannabis make up approximately half of all drug possession offences in Poland.

In December 2011, the drug laws of Poland were amended to give...

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