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Is CBD Legal in Botswana?

by in International Law September 30, 2019

CBD Oil On Track for Record Income

CBD is a substance which has seemingly taken the world by storm. CBD is estimated to generate a whopping $20 billion by 2024 and is seemingly on track to meet the projections of $57 billion by 2027. It seems as if the compound is everywhere, and along with it come conflicting and confusing claims about its legality.

However, as a chemical relative of cannabis, the drug is often closely associated with marijuana. That often comes with prohibition and a variety of rapidly changing laws across the world.

No country, it seems, is immune from dealing with this issue. That includes Botswana, a relatively conservative country in southern Africa.

Is CBD Allowed in Botswana? 

No, CBD is not legal in Botswana.

In many places, CBD and marijuana is a hot topic, one which is regularly in the news and discussed in legislative and bureaucratic chambers. That does not appear to be the case in Botswana.

The most recent article on the subject came nearly a year ago, when the country’s Permanent Secretary for its Health Ministry, Ruth Maphorisa, said that the Ministry was not considering legalizing CBD. According to Maphorisa, the reasoning for this was simple: No one had yet presented the Ministry with evidence as to CBD’s potential benefits.

That was the last news article on the subject; as such, it is likely that it has not been discussed since then in Parliament or the Health Ministry.

The article noted that this prohibition existed despite many other African countries – including some of Botswana’s neighbors, such as South Africa, Lethoso, Namibia and Zimbabwe – having legalized CBD.

Marijuana Laws in Botswana

All forms of cannabis and CBD are illegal in Botswana. This includes using marijuana for medical purposes, recreational or CBD for any reasoning.

This should not come as a surprise. Generally speaking, countries with CBD prohibition also have strict laws against other forms of marijuana and prohibition against other drugs in general, and Botswana is no exception.

While many countries, including the United States, are moving towards decriminalizing marijuana and lessening punishments, Botswana appears to be moving in the opposite direction. In June 2018, the country’s Parliament was debating a bill which would have increased punishments for possessing marijuana. The country has also dramatically increased drug arrests.

A Possible Explanation

Culturally Botswana is a fairly conservative country. A deeply felt ethical heritage and long held beliefs may be the reasoning for these harsh marijuana laws. The use of marijuana goes against cultural mores in a country that is steeped in tradition. Thus, while there are some efforts to liberalize the country’s marijuana and hemp laws, those efforts have, thus far, proven unsuccessful.

Author: Leafwindow Team

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