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Is CBD Oil Legal In Kenya?

by in International Law September 30, 2019

CBD seems to be taking the world by storm, with revenue estimates showing that the substance is expected to generate $20 billion by 2024. The reason for this? Multiple scientific studies, millions of users and countless anecdotal reports show that the substance allegedly could be very helpful in coping with a variety of physical and emotional ailments.

Part of the reason for this increase in popularity is because of an increasing awareness that CBD and THC are not, in fact, the same. This dawning realization has led many governments across the world to change their laws and allow for CBD to be treated differently than THC.

Other countries, however, have been slower to make that change. One such example is Kenya.

Is CBD Oil Allowed In Kenya?

No, CBD Oil is not legal in Kenya. All forms of cannabis are illegal in Kenya and any substance which contains cannabis. This includes CBD.

However, that hasn’t stopped multiple businesses from attempting to sell CBD online and to Kenya’s residents. A bizarre incident occurred in 2019, when a GoIP Global, New York firm, announced that they had secured an agreement and license to grow marijuana in the country. However, Kenya officials flat out denied that such an agreement had been made, noting that the substance was banned in the country and that no such regulations currently exist to allow for its cultivation or processing.

Legal Status Of Other Drugs In Kenya

All use of marijuana or other drugs in Kenya, for any reason, is illegal. Hemp cannot legally be grown.

Arrests and seizures of marijuana in Kenya are common, particularly at the country’s border.

Efforts To Legalize Marijuana In Kenya

In September 2019, Kenneth Okoth, a member of Kenya’s Parliament, proposed legislation that would legalize marijuana for personal use. Specifically, it would also require that Kenya’s government draft regulations to govern its further growth and sale, and create taxes for its sale. It would also require that a licensure system be established in order to sell marijuana, and fines would be possible if sales occurred without a license.

However, the legislation has not moved since its introduction.

Previous efforts had occurred with petitions to legalize the drug; however, they failed to generate enough momentum to result in a bill introduction. It was noted that other African countries, such as South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Lesotho have moved towards legalization, decriminalization or medical legalization, but Kenya has remained steadfast in its relative refusal to legalize the substance.

Author: Leafwindow Team

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