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Is CBD Oil Legal in Indonesia?

by in International Law September 30, 2019

If you’ve been paying attention, you have likely noticed the global CBD boom. It seems as if the substance can be found everywhere, and there’s a good reason for this: CBD has millions of users. The growth has been fueled by countless anecdotal stories, and multiple scientific studies, which have said that the substance has real benefits. CBD has become wildly popular, and is expected to generate more than $20 billion by 2024.

This revenue growth has been partially driven by a quickly shifting legal scene. Many countries have recognized that CBD is not marijuana and should be regulated separately. Some countries, however, have not yet changed their laws as it pertains to CBD.

One of those countries is Indonesia.

Is CBD Oil Allowed in Indonesia?

No. CBD Oil is absolutely not legal in Indonesia. All forms of marijuana and drugs are illegal in the country, with strict jail sentences possible. This includes all forms of CBD. Travelers to Indonesia are cautioned to not take their CBD products with them under any circumstances or face harsh penalties.

This includes not only purchasing or manufacturing any CBD in the country, but attempting to use it’s national post office to ship the substance. Doing so will be treated as drug trafficking, and result in a potential jail sentence of at least four years.

Case in point, consider this cautionary tale from Pip Holmes, a British tourist who was traveling in Indonesia. Holmes had a “small amount” of CBD Oil (3g) sent to him in Indonesia. Instead of using the drug to help him deal with his arthritis, Holmes was arrested and faces a jail sentence of 5-15 years for possession of a narcotic. The CBD oil he had shipped to himself was pure CBD oil, which contains little to no THC.

Indonesian law does not differentiate between CBD and THC and treats them both the same, considering them both illegal narcotics. 

Other Drug Laws in Indonesia

Indonesia is known for having some of the strictest drug laws in Asia – if not the world. Many Asian countries have moved in a more liberal direction when it comes to drugs, with some legalizing marijuana for medicinal purposes, including Thailand, Indonesia’s immediate neighbor to the north.

However, Indonesia has been steadfast: Any sort of drug or intoxicating chemical is illegal. Indeed, depending on the severity of the crime and previous legal history, individuals convicted of drug trafficking may face the death penalty.

Author: Leafwindow Team

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