Is CBD Oil Legal In Cyprus?
CBD Oil And Recent Legal Changes In Cyprus
CBD has taken the world by storm, and it can sometimes seem as if the substance is everywhere and moving into new countries on a regular basis. In the past few years, the country’s of the world have increasingly come to the realization that the substance is chemically different than marijuana and should be treated differently. As a result of the legal changes which are occurring across the world, CBD is estimated to generate $20 billion, worldwide, by 2024.
One country where laws have changed recently is Cyprus.
Is CBD Oil Allowed In Cyprus?
Yes, CBD Oil is Legal in Cyprus. As in many other European countries, CBD can be purchased and consumed as long as it contains less than .2% THC. THC is tetrahydrocannabinol, the substance in cannabis which is generally associated with marijuana intoxication. This amount lines up with the THC content of other European nations, who usually have .1 or .2% THC limits. Furthermore, the CBD must be produced from industrial hemp.
CBD in Cyprus is regulated by the country’s Department of Agriculture, and specifically, its newly created Plant Health and Marketing Standards of Agricultural Products Sector. Hemp production is legal in Cyprus, and it is the responsibility of the Department of Agriculture to license producers and suppliers of hemp and CBD. Producers must inform the Department of Agriculture about the types of seeds they possess, when they are growing hemp, when the hemp has been grown and harvested and the amounts of hemp which have been produced.
Other Cannabis Laws In Cyprus
Recreational cannabis is illegal in Cyprus. Indeed, the potential punishment for possession of cannabis are remarkably harsh: Life imprisonment is possible, with up to 2 years jail time for the first offense of someone who is 25 years old or younger. In practice, judges are typically much more lenient, usually giving warnings to first time offenders who commit a minor violation.
Fortunately, when it comes to medical marijuana, the country has taken a much more liberal stance, and Cyprus recently began creating a medical marijuana program. It first legalized medical marijuana in 2017. At the time, medical marijuana was only available for individuals who have advanced forms of cancer.
Cyprus revised that law in February 2019, expanding the conditions by which someone could consume marijuana for medical purposes. Cyprus planned on taking advantage of the European Single Market – of which it is a member – to import the cannabis. However, thanks to its climate, Cyprus was set to begin the process of actually growing cannabis itself – and, in so doing, potentially generating $248 million every year.A