Is CBD Oil Legal In Lesotho?

by in International Law September 30, 2019
CBD Oil in Lesotho

These days, it seems as if countries across the entire world are liberalizing their laws when it comes to CBD. This is occurring for good reason, as millions of users have generated countless anecdotal stories which claim that CBD has helped them with a variety of physical and emotional challenges, and these stories are backed up by some scientific evidence. The rise of CBD’s popularity has helped to create a variety of new business opportunities, and the CBD industry is expected to generate $20 billion by 2024.

As a result, many countries are changing their CBD laws, noting that the substance is not marijuana, will not get anyone high, and should be treated differently. Countries in Africa have typically been slower to liberalize their laws, but there have been some exceptions. One of those countries is Lesotho, a small African nation which is completely surrounded by South Africa. While the country has not (as of yet) changed its laws on consumption, it has aggressively moved to become a growing hot spot for cannabis.

Is CBD Oil Allowed In Lesotho?

Ironically, no. No form of cannabis is legal for consumption in Lesotho, including recreational, medicinal or CBD. In 2001, the country passed legislation which brought its drug laws in line with much of the rest of the world.

The 2008 Drugs of Abuse Act did allow for regulators to create a license and prescription system by which medical marijuana could be prescribed. Those regulations have yet to be widely known yet, or implemented in any way – as such, medical marijuana is still considered illegal in the country.

Though marijuana consumption is technically illegal in the country, its use for recreational and medicinal purposes is relatively common.

Marijuana Cultivation In Lesotho

In 2017, Lesotho became the first country in Africa to create a license system to grow marijuana for medical, scientific and research purposes. This was based on the passage of the 2008 Drugs of Abuse Act, which required the creation of the Lesotho Narcotics Bureau. That Bureau wasn’t formed until 2018.

Since Lesotho began creating a marijuana industry presence, other African nations have followed suit. Lesotho has since become one of the primary suppliers of medical marijuana for a variety of nations in Europe and Africa, including Ghana, South Africa and Switzerland. Many of the corporations which actually do the growing are foreign, creating a situation where Lesotho has become an international hub for marijuana and cannabis production and research. 

Foreign business have cited a variety of positive developments in the country which has led to its increased popularity in this area, including fertile soil, a positive regulatory climate, appropriate infrastructure and a local population which has the experience to work in the cannabis industry.

Author: Leafwindow Team

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