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Is CBD Oil Legal in Slovakia?

by in International Law October 1, 2019

Simply put, CBD has taken the world by storm. Revenue estimates vary, but the CBD industry as a whole is expected to generate $1 billion by the end of 2020, then grow to $20 billion by 2024. Some estimates are even more explosive, with one saying that CBD will generate $22 billion by 2022.

Clearly, something is up here. Why has the compound become so popular? Well, millions of users and some scientific evidence has found that CBD can potentially be very helpful in addressing a slew of physical and emotional problems.

At the same time, governments across the world have changed their laws as they pertain to CBD. This has occurred because these governments have acknowledged that CBD is different than marijuana, despite its relation to cannabis, as it lacks the THC concentrations to cause intoxication (THC is short for tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the chemical inside of marijuana that results in someone getting “high”).

While many countries have changed their laws over the past few years, others are just starting to do so now.

Is CBD Oil Allowed in Slovakia?

No, but it appears that is very likely to change in the near future.

As of August 2019, CBD is a banned substance, and its use or possession was classified as a criminal offense. Numerous companies have expressed an interest in selling CBD in Slovakia, however, they have acknowledged that they are not currently allowed to do so.

However, changes may be coming very shortly to Slovakia’s CBD laws. On August 21, the Slovakian government introduced a draft piece of legislation which would remove CBD from is list of banned substances. Such a move would legalize CBD and allow it to be consumed and sold commercially. The move is expected to take effect on January 1, 2020.

Just prior to this, representatives from Slovakia were set to attend a CBD conference with members of thirteen additional countries.

Other Drug Laws in Slovakia

While medical and recreational marijuana are illegal in the country, there has been forward movement at liberalizing Slovakia’s drug laws. In February 2018, the country’s Justice Minister, Lucia Žitňanská, began to discuss decriminalizing drugs and directing people into treatment instead of sending them to jail. However,  Žitňanská left the Justice Ministry and her replacement, Gabor Gal, said that he doubted the political will existed to change the laws accordingly.

Even this relatively minor effort is an improvement from the current state of drug laws in Slovakia. In 2017, an article on an industry website asked Slovakia had the harshest cannabis laws in the entire European Union. The article noted that drug laws in the country didn’t differentiate between heroin and marijuana, meaning that someone could receive a sentence of multiple years for possession charge which would likely result in a small fine in most other places.

Author: Leafwindow Team

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