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Is CBD Oil Legal In The Netherlands?

by in International Law October 3, 2019

CBD, it seems, is available everywhere these days. The drug has become more popular than ever, and a quick look at the revenue projections bears this out: Estimates have CBD as generating $1 billion by next year, and then continuing its astonishing industry growth, reaching $20 billion by 2024. The reason for this? Countless people, and some scientific studies have shown that CBD might possibly be of help and assist individuals in dealing with a slew of physical and emotional problems.

The past few years have seen a veritable sea change in terms of how countries across the world are regulating CBD. While the drug comes from the cannabis plant – like marijuana – it is not the same and lacks the necessary THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical in compound commonly associated with marijuana intoxication) to cause any “getting high” effects. As a result, many countries have changed their laws. One such example is the Netherlands.

Is CBD Oil Allowed In The Netherlands?

Yes, CBD Oil is legal in The Netherlands, but there are some restrictions. CBD is regulated in the country under the Opium Act, a piece of legislation which dates back to 1912 and governs illicit drugs. Since CBD comes from hemp, it is regulated as such.

CBD has been considered legal in the country since 1999. That year, the Netherlands amended the Opium Act to permit the manufacturing and processing of hemp. As such, the growth of hemp with less than .2% THC was legalized, as were products which came from that hemp – thus legalizing CBD. However, CBD is only legal in the country if it contains less than .05% THC – a relatively low number when compared with the United States (.3%) or much of the rest of Western Europe (.2%).

Furthermore, according to the Dutch government, CBD sold in the country should not make a medical claim and the buyer of the CBD should not be advised to consume more than 160 milligrams on a daily basis. Furthermore, the CBD consumed must be produced directly from a hemp plant, not a marijuana one – marijuana-produced CBD is not legal.

Other Drug Laws In The Netherlands

The Opium Act divides drugs into two classes: Hard drugs (such as cocaine and heroin), which are viewed as more harmful and outright banned, and soft drugs, which are mostly cannabis-based. Soft drugs are allowed to be sold and consumed in Dutch coffee shops, if a local governing body allows the coffee shops to operate as such.

Furthermore, there are exemptions to prohibitions against manufacturing some drugs in the Opium Act if done for purposes of public or animal health, trade, research or training.

Medical Marijuana is legal in The Netherlands, with the Office of Medical Cannabis regulating the production and sale of medical marijuana. The office has been in operation since 2001.

Author: Leafwindow Team

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