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Is CBD Oil Legal In Trinidad And Tobago?

by in International Law October 3, 2019

CBD is more popular now than it ever has been. This popularity has occurred for a variety of reasons. For one thing, some scientific evidence and millions of users who say that CBD has helped them cope with numerous physical and emotional issues.

CBD is more than popular: It’s now a multi billion dollar industry. Estimates vary, but they show growth. One estimate says that CBD will create $1 billion in revenue by next year before that growth skyrockets to $20 billion in the next five years.  Another shows that CBD will generate $22 billion by 2022.

As a result of this spike in this popularity, more and more countries have separated hemp and marijuana within their legal system. As recently as a few years ago, the vast majority of countries said that hemp and CBD were illegal, believing them to be related to marijuana. Both marijuana and hemp are types of cannabis. However, the plants are very different. Hemp derived CBD lacks the concentration of THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the specific chemical in marijuana which intoxicates users) that causes people to get high. 

Because of this advanced understanding of science, governments are allowing for commercial or medical CBD sales. Some countries, however, never explicitly banned CBD. It appears that Trinidad and Tobago is one such place.

Is CBD Oil Allowed In Trinidad And Tobago?

Yes, CBD Oil is legal. According to multiple news reports, CBD can be imported or sold in the country, as long as it comes from hemp. Marijuana-based CBD is still illegal. There are also CBD companies which operate in Trinidad and Tobago, like GrassLab, which processes and sells the product.

Furthermore, unlike in many other countries, it appears that CBD is commercially available and can be obtained without a prescription in the country.

Marijuana Laws In Trinidad And Tobago

A bizarre situation exists with medical marijuana in Trinidad and Tobago. In 2000, the country passed an amendment to its Dangerous Drugs Act. The amendment would allow for the licensing and regulation of medical marijuana, which would have allowed Trinidad and Tobago residents to obtain marijuana via prescriptions. However, nearly twenty years after the passage of these amendments, the country’s Ministry of Health has never created the regulations. As such, medical marijuana is still not legal in the country.

Trinidad and Tobago has moved towards decriminalization. In 2018, the country’s Prime Minister, Keith Rowsley, announced that the country would decriminalize marijuana, effective June 2019. However, as of early September 2019, that legislation hadn’t passed – and marijuana possession in the country remains a criminal offense. 

At the present time possession of marijuana is subject to a fine of TT $25,000 (about $3,690 USD) and a five-year incarceration. Both of these punishments can be doubled, based on the amount of marijuana confiscated. Also, any prior convictions will also factor into the judge’s sentencing decisions.

Author: Leafwindow Team

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