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The personal use of marijuana in Norway is not something that is permitted in this country. The laws that are followed in Norway state that a person is unable to buy or sell cannabis, possess and smoke weed, or grow plants from marijuana seeds.

However, when a person is caught with only a small amount of cannabis (as much as 15 grams or less) that is used for their own personal use, first time offenders are usually only given the punishment of having to pay between 1500 and 5000 kroner. There are exceptions that are frequently made however in cases where a man or woman has a legitimate medical need to smoke weed.

Because second time offenders face a much harsher punishment, a majority of men and women in Norway that smoke weed choose to resort to growing their own cannabis from marijuana seeds that they buy from someone they know, or they simply order in on the Internet.

There are many people that have found there are actually quite a few ways that a person can discreetly plant their own marijuana garden. This can easily be done both indoors and outdoors, providing the right amount of weed for an individual’s own personal use.

Despite the harsh prison sentences for even small-scale cultivation, there are people in the country that take the risk and grow cannabis anyway. The imported hashish that dominates Norway’s illegal cannabis market is often of poor quality, which leads local growers to cultivate cannabis domestically in a bid to produce a superior product.

Industrial hemp production is illegal in the country, which means Norway has no hemp market. This wasn’t always the case. In fact, Norwegian farmers have been growing hemp for centuries until it was eventually banned in 1964.

At the time of writing, it’s still illegal to use or possess cannabis in Norway though this law looks set to change soon.

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Back in 2013, the Green Party pushed for state-controlled cannabis production and sale just a few days after Uruguay adopted their cannabis legalisation bill. Although they weren’t successful at the time, it seems that they may have set the wheels in motion for decriminalisation to happen.

Reform groups like NORML have highlighted the issues with Norway’s medicinal cannabis programme, stating that the treatment is too hard to access, and that many doctors don’t know much about it. In some cases, medical practitioners have even been hostile to patients who enquire about medicinal cannabis.

Despite the fact that the prison sentences are severe for dealers, cannabis resin (hashish) and herbal cannabis remain the most commonly seized illegal drugs in the country.

Large-scale traffickers also operate in Norway. In 2018, the authorities seized 700 kilograms of cannabis, and arrested nine people. Police Chief Ketil Haukaas commented: “The narcotics are coming from abroad, and there are professional, organised criminals following the narcotics into Norway.”

Such a place exists. It’s called the Svalbard Global Seed Vault and it’s located on a remote island halfway between mainland Norway and the North Pole. The idea behind the vault is that even though seed depositories are located around the world, all are vulnerable in one way or another. Hence the need for the catastrophe-proof Svalbard Global Seed Vault, aptly nicknamed the “Doomsday Vault,” that opened on February 26, 2008.

Countries and organizations deposit seeds that are held for withdrawal at a future time. Each organization’s seeds are stored in the equivalent of safety deposit boxes. If disaster wipes out a crop and all locally stored seeds are not viable for whatever reason, a depositor can withdraw the saved seeds so the crop doesn’t become extinct.

Our recent blog post, 18 Fun Fact s About Cannabis , mentioned that Bill Gates and other investors have secured a “doomsday seed vault” to preserve a wide variety of plant seeds. As promised, here’s more information on the famed vault.

Just what is the “Doomsday Vault?”

How does it work?

A conservationist’s dream: Imagine a fail-safe seed vault deep underground in a sandstone mountain, designed to withstand natural catastrophes such as tsunamis, earthquakes, floods and drought as well as man- made disasters such as those caused by war. Crazy, huh?

The Svalbard Global Seed Vault can hold up to 4.5 million varieties of seeds and currently stores more than 860,000 varieties from more than 60 institutions and nearly every country in the world. All the food staples are covered; right now the vault holds the most diverse collection of food crop seeds in the world, and new deposits keep coming in.