Legal status of marijuana in norway

Legal status of marijuana in norway
Luke Sumpter

Cannabis is an illegal substance in Norway, with possession resulting in monetary fines and prison sentances.


The possession of cannabis for medical purposes is illegal in Norway unless obtained legally. Medical cannabis is available from a physician upon request.

Medical marijuana is legal for patients with a prescription from a licensed physician in Norway. A physician can apply for permission to give patients access to medical marijuana only through the Norwegian Medicines Agency.


Cannabis is an illegal substance in Norway. Although cannabis use is tolerated much more in Norway than it is in many other countries, possessing large amounts can result in devastating consequences. The current law in Norway forbids the possession, sale, transport and cultivation of cannabis.

Possession of any amount of cannabis is subject to punishment in Norway. The severity of the punishment increases with the amount of cannabis that a person is in possession of. Any amount under 15g is usually classed as enough for personal use. On this occasion, offenders will be subject to financial fines.

Any amount of 15g is regarded as enough for a person to be selling cannabis and is therefore met with much more severe penalties. First time offenders can be met with large fines of between 1,500 and 15,000 Norwegian kroner (179 and 1,790 USD) and made subject to regular testing to avoid prosecution.

Imprisonment is also a possibility for those caught with large amounts of cannabis. Repeat offenders may become subject to prison sentences between 6 months and 2 years.

Activist groups within Norway are working to push for cannabis legalisation within the country, whilst eradicating the propaganda around cannabis.

Unfortunately we are not aware of any possible law changes in the (near) future in Norway regarding medical and/or recreational cannabis.


NORML Norway is a cannabis activist organisation working within the political sphere to push for legalisation. They are working to protect the rights of individuals who have fallen victim to intrusive policies.

Luke Sumpter
Luke Sumpter

Luke has worked as a cannabis journalist and health science researcher for the past seven years. Over this time, he’s developed an advanced understanding of endocannabinoid system science, cannabis phytochemistry, and cultivation techniques.