Is CBD Oil Legal In Hungary?

by in International Law September 30, 2019

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you have almost certainly noticed the global CBD boom. The substance can be found everywhere of late, with millions of users and some scientific studies trumpeting the benefits of the substance. It’s become wildly popular, and as a result, is expected to generate more than $20 billion by 2024.

This revenue boom is driven, in part, by a rapidly changing legal scene, as many countries recognize that CBD is not marijuana and should be regulated differently. Some countries, however, have not yet changed their laws as it pertains to CBD.

One of those countries is Hungary.

Is CBD Oil Allowed In Hungary?

Maybe? CBD Oil appears to be legal in Hungary, but it appears to exist in a legal grey area – as such, caution is advised.

Multiple websites report that CBD is legal in Hungary, as long as the CBD contains less than .2% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the ingredient in marijuana which is associated with intoxication). However, there have been anecdotal reports of authorities confiscating CBD. Further adding confusion to the matter is that multiple websites do ship CBD into Hungary, and that the country does have retail shops which sell CBD. Currently, according to the OGYÉI, cannabidiol is not regarded as a controlled substance in Hungary, and CBD as the active ingredient of a medicinal product in not included in the list of substances controlled by national competent authorities. 

So, is it safe to purchase or consume CBD in Hungary? Yes; conditionally. While there have been reports of the substance being confiscated, we were unable to locate any reports of CBD-related arrests or prosecution. However, for the cautiously-minded, the lack of specific clarity may leave you less than comfortable.

Other Marijuana & Drug Laws In Hungary

The confusion – and potential challenges of CBD purchase and use in Hungary – make even more sense within the context of Hungary’s other drug laws. Cannabis is completely banned within the country – even for medical purposes, thus making it a relative outlier within the rest of Europe.

Indeed – and, again, unlike most of the rest of the Western world – Hungarian law treats all illegal substances the same, meaning that the sale or use of marijuana is treated identically to the sale or use of cocaine. Use for personal purposes is treated differently than possession with intent to distribute, however.

While most countries have moved towards decriminalizing marijuana, Hungary has done the opposite, increasing its penalties for possession or sale of any illegal substance in 2013.

Author: Leafwindow Team

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