History of CBD and Cannabis: Honduras
Bordered by Guatemala to the west and Nicaragua to the southeast, Honduras occupies one of the most strategically important positions between North and South America.
Even since gaining independence in the nineteenth century, Honduras has succumb to international criminal syndicates that traffic huge quantities of marijuana in and out of the country. With one of the most politically unstable governments in the region, the massive degree of wealth inequality continues to push residents into criminal cannabis cultivation activities.
Cannabis, CBD, and Honduras
Currently, cannabis is illegal for both recreational and medical use in Honduras. Though possession of small amounts is often tolerated by law enforcers, sale, transportation, and cultivation are routinely harshly punished by the justice system.
During the pre-Columbian era, Honduras featured a huge array of a Mesoamerican civilizations that routinely cultivated cannabis. For hundreds of years, the Mayan civilization flourished in most parts of the modern country, building religious frameworks around the ritualistic use of cannabis strains.
By the early sixteenth century, Spanish conquistadors landed in the modern town of Trujillo. Quickly, colonial rulers shifted the economic emphasis away from cannabis cultivation to silver mining. Under colonial rule, locals were subject to extremely harsh working conditions that resulted in death, disease, and widespread hopelessness.
To this very day, Honduras has been socially and economically impacted by over three hundred years of colonial rule. The country continues to have one of the lowest scores on the human development index.
In order to escape poverty, many residents have turned to cannabis cultivation and distribution to improve the lives of their families. Cannabis is so popular that prices are among the lowest in all of Southern America.
Despite constant enforcement, Honduras suffers from an extremely high rate of criminal violence, owing in part to the illegality of cannabis. Drug traffickers use Honduras as one of the most major distribution points on their way up towards the United States. Since cannabis is treated as a facet of the lower classes, officials are largely unwilling to enact sustainable reform.
Additionally, the government has retained unchanged narcotics policy towards cannabis due to international pressures. During the seventies and eighties, the United States pushed anti-cannabis legislation throughout the entire world through enacting strict trade sanctions.
For the most part, Honduras has stuck to Decree No 136/89, which was drafted into law in November of 1989. All improper use and trafficking of psychotropic substances is subject to jail time, harsh fines, and extradition agreements with the United States.