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Is CBD Legal in Belize?

by in International Law September 27, 2019

Buying and Using CBD In Belize

Marijuana has a long and complicated history throughout the world. Cannabis, which includes both hemp and marijuana, has been the subject of controversy and the target of law enforcement throughout the 20th century and into the 21st century as well. In most parts of the world, the cannabis plant has been criminalized with varying degrees of punishment depending on what part of the world you are in.

Hemp vs. Marijuana

What makes the cannabis plant a target is that it contains a psychoactive drug called tetrahydrocannabinol or THC. This is the drug that causes euphoria in people who consume marijuana. There are strains of cannabis, though, that do not contain much or any THC. Many of these strains are grown and cultivated for industrial hemp, which has long since been used in textiles, foods, and industry. What has happened historically is that hemp has also come under fire by law enforcement, even though it doesn’t contain THC, due to its similarity in look to marijuana. Thus, in many countries where marijuana is illegal, so is hemp.

Another Reason Hemp Has Come Under Fire

Hemp has been legalized throughout much of the world in the recent decade. In the United States, for instance, it was legalized in 2018. Many countries have recognized that industrial hemp is not the same as marijuana. Hemp has many uses from food to fiber, oil and many others. Another useful substance that can be extracted from hemp is cannabidiol, or CBD.

CBD doesn’t usually contain THC, or if it does, it is virtually undetectable. In fact, in countries where CBD is legal, it must contain less than 0.3 percent THC (in the U.S.) to 0.2 percent THC (in the European Union). Some countries require that CBD is only legal if it contains 0.0 percent THC. In countries where CBD is still highly regulated or outright illegal, it may be because CBD continues to be confused with THC.

Marijuana and CBD In Belize

In 2017, hemp and marijuana were decriminalized in Belize, and the government gave allowances for the possession of up to 10 grams of marijuana for personal use. This act did not necessarily legalize marijuana, CBD, and other cannabis and hemp extracts, but it did take small amounts of what used to be illegal and controlled substances off the radar.

Many countries go the medical marijuana route first, where to obtain marijuana or CBD, one has to have an approved ailment and a prescription to get THC or CBD. With the law changing suddenly in Belize, it allowed for personal possession and use of cannabis without the need for any documentation.

Prime Minister Dean Barrow would like to see regulations in place for hemp and is working closely with Belize’s Ministry of Agriculture in order to benchmark some ideas from Canada and Australia. Belize Health Minister Pablo Marin has expressed that he would like to see hemp production regulated in the Stann Creek District of Belize. Marin wants to ensure that growers comply with laws in Belize. As of now, regulations are not set, which is making it difficult for hemp and cannabis farmers to know exactly what they should be doing to comply with the law. While hemp is legal, no guidelines are available.

CBD Is Legal But Isn’t That Popular In Belize

There are places in Belize that sell hemp oil, which most likely contains CBD. But with it being okay to possess up to 10 grams of marijuana in a private residence, CBD has likely taken a backseat to the more popular drug. There are still people in Belize who like to use CBD for its reported health benefits, such as reducing pain and inflammation, helping with anxiety and stress, and so forth. These people want the benefits but do not want to get high; however, the demand for CBD is lower than it is in some countries where THC is illegal but CBD is legal.

Author: Leafwindow Team

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