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Is CBD Oil Legal In Suriname?

by in International Law October 3, 2019
CBD Oil In Suriname

CBD is everywhere these days, and you’ve probably noticed it. An entire new industry has cropped up around this compound, and there’s big money in it: One estimate notes that CBD is expected to generate $1 billion by the end of 2020, while another notes that those dollars should hit $20 billion by 2024. More aggressive estimates have CBD generating $22 billion by 2022.

What’s driving the popularity of CBD? First, it has millions of users who swear by it, and there is some scientific evidence which backs up the idea that CBD can be helpful in addressing numerous physical and emotional issues. Also helping to steer users to CBD is a changing legal scene, as many governments have begun to adjust their laws and allow for CBD in either commercial or medicinal settings. 

This change comes from an increasing awareness that CBD is not marijuana; while both come from the cannabis plant, that’s where the similarities end, as CBD lacks the THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, which is the chemical in marijuana that gets people high) to cause intoxication.

Many governments have changed their laws in the past few years. This includes Suriname, a small South American country with a population of roughly 560,000.

Is CBD Oil Allowed In Suriname?

Yes, CBD Oil is legal in Suriname, but only for medicinal purposes.

According to a December 2018 report, Suriname recently changed their laws to allow for medical marijuana to be prescribed in the country. The newly created Advisory and Monitoring Body for Scientific Research on Hemp Cultivation would be responsible for the regulation and prescription of medical marijuana. The goal of this Body would also be to give the Minister of Public Health advise on how to better regulate the substance. However, CBD Oil and Marijuana will be legal for medical purposes only – not for recreational or commercial use.

Other Drug Laws in Suriname

Unfortunately for Suriname, despite its illegality, marijuana continues to be grown in the small country.

Conversations about changing laws to allow for marijuana cultivation have been repeatedly met with opposition from Suriname government officials, citing the need to grow food and end food security problems in the country, rather than grow marijuana. These comments were made in 2014, when the countries Minister of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries (Soeresh Algoe) said that he believed the country needed to focus their energies on stimulating food production, not spending the time, energy and money necessary to create an entirely new industry. Similar comments have been made by Ministers in other countries.

Author: Leafwindow Team

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