Is CBD Oil Legal in Seychelles?

by in International Law October 1, 2019

Be it commercial use or medicinal purposes, it seems as if you can’t go anywhere these days without seeing CBD for sale. In every corner of the globe, the compound is becoming more freely available. CBD is a product of the cannabis plant – in that regard, it is the same as THC. However, that’s where the similarities end, as CBD comes with either trace or no THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, one of the chemical components of the cannabis plant, which causes marijuana intoxication).

Why has CBD become so popular? Well, millions of users and some scientific evidence claim to have found that it can allegedly help address a slew of physical and emotional problems. This popularity has caused CBD to become big business, and it’s revenue estimates have exploded. CBD is expected to generate $1 billion by the end of 2020 before growing to $20 billion by 2024. Other estimates are even more bullish: CBD may make as much as $22 billion by 2022.

Many governments across the world have begun to change their laws pertaining CBD, allowing for the sale or prescription of the substance. One such country is the Seychelles, an archipelago nation of 115 islands in East Africa. The country is relatively small, with an estimated population of just under 95,000.

CBD is not legal there yet, but should be within the next two years.

Is CBD Oil Allowed in Seychelles?

Not yet, but it should be soon, thanks to a court ruling in the country.

In June 2019, Seychelles’ Constitutional Court ordered the country to issue regulations which will legalize medical marijuana within the next two years. The ruling originated from the lawsuit of a patient (Marie-Therese Volcere) who uses a form of marijuana to help them deal with the side effects of Alzheimer’s Disease. Specifically, Volcere used CBD to help her manage some of Alzheimer’s worst symptoms.

The Court ruled in Volcere’s favor. Specifically, it said that the government of Seychelles and its Minister of Health, MacSuzy Mondon, had violated the country’s constitution by not issuing regulations as authorized under the country’s 2016 Misuse of Drugs Act.

In September 2019, the Constitutional Court dismissed the preliminary objections to the ruing which were filed by the Seychelles’ government. The Government now has until October to file additional objections.

Author: Leafwindow Team

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