Is CBD Oil Legal In Myanmar?
The past few years have seen a massive rise in the popularity of CBD. The compound is now widely available in many countries, and with good reason – millions of users and some scientific evidence has found that CBD might possibly help to address a variety of physical and emotional issues.
CBD’s popularity has helped to drive the CBD industry to new, multi-billion dollar heights. By the end of 2020, one estimate holds that CBD will generate $1 billion before that growth explodes to $20 billion by 2024. However, even that estimate may be a conservative one: CBD is anticipated to generate $22 billion by 2022 according to another study.
A cause and effect of this popularity growth is a changing legal scene. Many governments throughout the world have realized – appropriately – that CBD is not marijuana. Both come from the cannabis plant, but that’s where the similarities end. Depending on the type used, CBD either has trace or zero amounts of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the chemical in marijuana which can result in intoxication). As a result, governments have begun to change their laws and allow for CBD consumption.
Some countries, however, have not done so. One such example is Myanmar (formerly known as Burma), a southeast Asian country of about 53 million people.
Is CBD Oil Allowed In Myanmar?
No, CBD Oil is not legal in Myanmar. In April 2019, an American man, John Fredric Todoroki, was arrested for growing hemp and marijuana and possessing a variety of equipment – including processing to turn hemp into CBD – on a 20-acre farm. Todoroki claimed that he had official permission from the government of Myanmar to grow the marijuana, and said that he was working with the III M Global Nutraceutical Co to grow the plans for research purposes.
However, as the article noted, Myanmar law does not distinguish between marijuana and hemp, and as a result, Todoroki and his colleagues were looking at significant jail sentences – and even the death penalty.
Marijuana Laws In Myanmar
All forms of marijuana in Myanmar – including recreational and medicinal – are banned in the country. This comes despite the fact that it actually has a long history of marijuana growth, as the drug was legal in Myanmar when the country was under British rule.
Despite efforts at reform, Myanmar has very serious penalties for drug use and trafficking, including the death penalty. Efforts at decriminalization and helping drug users gain access to treatment have thus far failed to generate the political will necessary to become law.
However, these laws have failed to stop marijuana growth, and some reports have noted that marijuana and opium are very large exports from the country.