Is CBD Oil Legal In North Macedonia?

by in International Law October 1, 2019

There’s no question about it: CBD is taking the world by storm. Indeed, it seems that it is everywhere you look these days. The reason for this is simple: Millions of people, and some scientific evidence, have found that CBD can potentially help mitigate a variety of physical and emotional ailments.

CBD’s popularity have resulted in skyrocketing revenue estimates. One such estimate believes that CBD will generate $1 billion by the end of 2020 before shooting up to $20 billion by the end of 2024, while an even more aggressive estimate holds that CBD will hit $22 billion in the next three years.

A cause and effect of this increased popularity has been a rapidly changing legal scene. More and more governments have realized that CBD and THC are not the same thing. Both originate from the cannabis plant, but that’s where any relations end, as CBD does not contain the necessary THC content (tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the chemical in marijuana associated with intoxication) to get anyone “high.” As such, many governments have reclassified the drug and allowed it to be sold commercially, as long as it originates from the industrial hemp plant and not marijuana. Others have not hit that step yet, opting instead to legalize CBD for medical uses only.

Fortunately for residents of North Macedonia, a small Balkan nation with a population of just above two million, CBD oil is legal in all forms.

Is CBD Oil Legal In North Macedonia?

CBD Oil is legal in North Macedonia. It can be purchased – in low THC amounts – without a prescription.

In 2016, the country legalized medical marijuana for its residents. It also legalized the cultivation and exportation of cannabis, creating the potential for an entire new industry in the country.

The prescriptions did come with a limit: Medical marijuana can only be prescribed by Doctors, and only for a limited set of illnesses, including specific types of cancer, HIV, multiple sclerosis and epilepsy. However, CBD oil with less than .2% THC can be purchased without a prescription. CBD oil with more THC than that requires a prescription, just like any other medical marijuana product.

Other Marijuana Laws And Regulations In North Macedonia

While CBD and medical marijuana are legal in North Macedonia, recreational marijuana remains illegal. Sale or production of marijuana outside of prescribed laws is a serious crime, punishable by up to ten years in jail. While there have been efforts to decriminalize cannabis in the country, they have thus far been unsuccessful.

Private companies are able to invest in cannabis cultivation in the company, infusing it with foreign capital and potentially jump-starting the marijuana industry in the country. Furthermore, North Macedonia has worked closely with a variety of private companies, universities and research firms in order to study cannabis.

Author: Leafwindow Team

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