Is CBD Legal in Norway?
CBD, it seems, has taken the world by storm. The reason this is occurring? Millions of users, countless anecdotal reports and some scientific evidence all indicate that the compound might be very helpful for a variety of physical and emotional ailments. As a result, CBD’s popularity has taken off, and it is estimated to generate $20 billion by 2024.
Many governments around the world have taken second looks at CBD, realizing that it is not marijuana, and as such should be regulated differently. As a result, many have changed their laws to regulate CBD and allow for it to be processed, sold and used. Some countries, however, have remained steadfast in their opposition to CBD, while others have staked a middle ground, allowing for CBD for medical purposes only. That is what Norway has done.
Is CBD Allowed in Norway?
CBD Oil is legal in Norway, but only with a prescription. CBD is not legal for any other purpose, and cannot be consumed in Norway without a Doctor’s prescription.
In order to acquire CBD – or any other form of medical marijuana – Norway residents must obtain a medical marijuana card. Physicians in Norway must be certified by the government to prescribe marijuana, and even then, marijuana is available only for a limited series of illnesses. Even then, Doctor’s must be certified by Norway’s government, and they must apply for certification first.
Conditions which can be treated with marijuana in Norway include cancer, epilepsy, conditions which cause spasms, multiple sclerosis or other severe conditions which are known to cause major pain or discomfort.
Hemp growth and processing is illegal in Norway.
Travelers cannot bring CBD or marijuana into Norway. In one particularly infamous incident, the famous rapper Snoop Dogg was banned from Norway for two years for attempting to enter the country with marijuana.
If someone has a prescription for the substance, they must bring that prescription with the substance.
Other Forms of Cannabis and Drugs in Norway
All other drugs, for all other reasons, are illegal in Norway.
A first arrest for cannabis possession in Norway is punishable with a fine, and punishment grows harsher with additional arrests. With multiple arrests and high enough possession amounts, it is possible to serve up to 21 years in prison.
Liberalization on the Horizon?
Despite its comparatively harsher marijuana laws, Norway appears to be moving towards decriminalization, with a working group set to release recommendations by the end of 2019 on how Norway should potentially reexamine the way it penalizes people for violating their drug laws.