Is CBD Oil Legal In Lithuania?
CBD seems to be everywhere recently – after all, there’s a good reason that the industry is expected to generate $20 billion by 2024. The reason it is so popular? Millions of users, countless anecdotal stories and some scientific evidence indicates that CBD may have the potential to help individuals deal with multiple physical and mental problems.
CBD’s recent rise in popularity has been driven by a realization that the substance is not marijuana, and as such, should be regulated differently. Numerous countries have recently changed their laws to reflect this reality. One such country is Lithuania.
Is CBD Oil Allowed In Lithuania?
Yes, CBD is legal in Lithuania. Hemp cultivation has been legal in Lithuania since 2014, and its industrial use is legal. CBD is not explicitly prohibited, and as such, is considered legal. A quick Google search reveals multiple locations at which Lithuanian residents can purchase CBD, and there are no media reports of arrests for CBD purchase or use.
In February 2019, Lithuania began to consider expanding CBD use, with members of its Parliament proposing to legalize CBD edibles, as long as the CBD contained no more than .2% THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the compound in cannabis associated with intoxication).
Medical Marijuana In Lithuania
Like many other European countries, Lithuania recently legalized medical marijuana. The legalization was made official in October 2018 and took effect in May 2019. As in most other places, selling medical marijuana would require an official license from the country. All products would have to be registered, and the drug would be available to patients who suffered from multiple sclerosis, the after effects of chemotherapy and cancer, certain forms of epilepsy and HIV/AIDS.
The same law also legalized the manufacturing of medical cannabis in the country.
Hemp In Lithuania
Hemp cultivation was legalized in Lithuania in 2014, but only the cultivation of hemp fiber and seeds. Cultivation of other parts of the plant, including its stem and leaf, remain illegal. In 2019, the Lithuanian Farmers Union began leading efforts to fully legalize all parts of hemp cultivation, arguing that it would immediately generate 100 million euros, a number that could triple within two years.
Lithuania’s hemp market is mature enough that the country exports the product to other European countries, including Poland, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands.
Other Drug Laws In Lithuania
All other drug use in Lithuania, including cannabis for recreational purposes, remains illegal. While the first offense for violating these laws will result in a small fine (30-150 Euros), repeated violations could result in community service or jail time.