Is CBD legal in Singapore?

by in International Law September 27, 2019

It doesn’t matter where in the world you live; these days, it seems as if CBD is everywhere. There’s good reason for that: Millions of users and some scientific evidence has found that CBD might have the potential to be helpful in addressing a slew of emotional and physical problems.

CBD’s popularity has also created an entire new industry. As a whole, the dollars involved in CBD have exploded, and the new industry is now expected to generate around $1 billion by the end of 2020 and $20 billion by 2024. However, those estimates may be on the low end of things – another study found that CBD could move $22 billion – by 2022.

A cause and effect of the popularity of this industry has been that many governments are changing their laws. CBD, after all, isn’t marijuana. Both come from the cannabis plant, but that’s where the similarities end, as CBD from the industrial hemp plant contains non-detectable amounts of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical in marijuana which results in intoxication). As such, the past few years have seen a sea change in the legal ecosystem as it pertains to CBD.

Is CBD Allowed in Singapore?

CBD is not commercially available in Singapore, but CBD for medical purposes is. In a joint statement, Singapore’s Ministry of Home Affairs and Ministry of Health reiterated that the country retains a zero tolerance policy when it comes to any substance containing cannabis, and that includes CBD. However, even that broad statement is somewhat misleading, as the country did seem to imply that it is open to altering this policy in the future, if the science follows.

In the statement, the Ministries said that the country would stay drug free and observed a zero tolerance policy towards marijuana. However, pharmaceutical cannabinoids were allowed to be used if the compound could pass scientific muster.

Indeed, in 2018, Singapore began to fund research into medical treatments using synthetically-based cannabis. The research focused on the potential therapeutic value of cannabinoids, not THC. Still, this is an important step forward for the nation, as it shows that they are willing to explore the possibility of at least looking into medical marijuana and following modern scientific research, rather than sticking to outdated dogma about cannabis and marijuana.

Still, for now, the country does not allow for any product containing CBD to be ingested or sold. That includes CBD or recreational marijuana.

Punishment for drug violations

Singapore is known for its harsh punishment of cannabis users and traffickers. Using or possessing cannabis carries a maximum sentence of ten years in prison and a $20,000 fine.

If drug traffickers carried enough drugs, they could receive the death penalty.

Author: Leafwindow Team

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