Famous to the world due to Chernobyl, Ukraine is a very interesting European country. It’s the second poorest country in Europe when measured by GDP per capita (the first being Moldova), and the biggest country by land area that lies fully within Europe. Despite their love for alcohol, the country does not share this love with cannabis. While recreational weed will likely be illegal for some time to come, the legal status of medical cannabis might soon be changing in Ukraine.
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Ukraine Weed Laws
Currently in Ukraine, both recreational and medical cannabis use is illegal. From the Ukrainian government website, they break cannabis down into three different types, and break those types down into three different quantities.
|Cannabis (raw)||up to 5g||from 500 to 2500g||2500g +|
|Cannabis resin||up to 0.5g||from 50 to 500g||500g +|
|Cannabis extracts||up to 0.3g||from 5 to 100g||100g +|
Unfortunately, the above table really raises more questions than it answers. Such as why is there a gap in quantities between small and large, but more importantly, what do these quantities actually mean? Well unfortunately my Ukrainian language skills are non-existent, so I guess the key takeaway would be this. If you find yourself in Ukraine, and you absolutely have to have cannabis for whatever reason, make sure you’re well below the upper limit of the ‘small’ classification. This could still lead to severe punishment though.
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Growing Weed in Ukraine
There is another Ukrainian government document stating the following:
- citizens cultivating up to 10 plants can be fined 18 to 100 non-taxable minimum incomes, and confiscation of the plants
- citizens cultivating between 10 to 50 plants can be fined 100 to 500 tax-free minimum incomes, or arrested for up to six months, or restriction of liberty for up to three years
It’s worth noting that the translated document actually states hemp plants, but we are assuming it means standard cannabis plants as poppy plants are also listed. Another assumption we’re making is that the “minimum incomes” is currently $67 USD in October 2020. This is based on this article mentioning that 375 minimal salaries equals UAH 1,771,125. If correct, this would mean:
- growing up to 10 plants could result in around $6,700 USD in fines
- growing between 10 and 50 could result in around $33,500 USD
Again though, this is speculation at best. After all, you’re reading The THC Times, not The New York Times.
Medical Marijuana in Ukraine
Although medical weed isn’t legal in Ukraine, the topic has been making the rounds throughout the country. In-fact, in less than a week’s time, Ukrainian citizens will get to vote on whether to legalize medical cannabis. The vote would not be legally binding, however it is assumed a reasonable majority either way would likely be followed through. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy is a supporter of the issue. Should Ukraine legalize medical cannabis, it would join a small number of former USSR nations.
Attitudes Towards Cannabis in Ukraine
Cannabis in Ukraine remains relatively taboo, despite the fact the country has one of the highest rates of alcoholism in the world. Not as bad as some of its neighbors to be fair, but still well above the global average. Should weed become legal in Ukraine, medical experts expect the country’s alcoholism rate to drop.
Cannabis-related protests are not uncommon in the capital of Kiev (Kyiv), and support for legalization is stronger in larger cities throughout the country. That said, don’t expect to smell weed in the air in places like Kharkiv, Dnipro, Donetsk, Lviv, or Odessa. At least not yet, anyway.
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