Is CBD Oil Legal in Turkey?

by in International Law October 3, 2019

Does it seem like CBD is everywhere these days? That’s because it practically is – the compound’s popularity has skyrocketed, thanks to millions of users and some scientific evidence which claims to show that CBD can help people cope with a variety of emotional and physical issues.

The drug’s popularity has helped fuel a massive growth within the CBD industry. The estimates vary, but they all show explosive potential for money. One estimate holds that CBD will generate $1 billion in revenue by the end of 2020 before growing to $20 billion by 2024, while another shows that CBD will generate $22 billion by 2022. No matter how you look at it, the industry is booming.

One of the results of this massive growth has been a shifting in laws across the world, as more and more countries come to the realization that CBD is not marijuana. This is a change: CBD had previously been largely outlawed, as both it and marijuana comes from the cannabis plant. However, that’s where the similarities end, as CBD lacks the THC concentrations (tetrahydrocannabinol, compound in marijuana which gets its users high) to cause intoxication. As a result, more governments are legalizing CBD for medical or recreational purposes.

Is CBD Oil Allowed in Turkey?

Yes, according to CBD websites, CBD oil is legal in Turkey. Multiple websites exist and have Turkish addresses in phone numbers, promising to ship CBD anywhere where it is legal – including Turkey. Furthermore, anecdotal reports indicate that the compound is available at local stores and gift shops.

However, it is unclear if these CBD sales exist in a legal gray area, where CBD is technically illegal and authorities look the other way, or if it is a situation where CBD is explicitly legal in the country. Turkey is known for harsher drug laws (see below); as such, caution is advisable.

Marijuana Laws in Turkey

In some areas, Turkey has taken a relatively progressive approach as it tries to cut down on illegal marijuana growth and sales. In 2016, the country announced that they had approved marijuana growth – for scientific and research purposes – in 19 of the 81 provinces in Turkey. Companies which were interested in participating would have to provide evidence which proves that they had not been previously involved in illegal narcotic growth.

Some marijuana-based medications – like Sativex are legal.

Punishment for violating drug laws remains relatively harsh in Turkey, and certainly much harsher than in Western countries. Recreational use of marijuana remains illegal in Turkey. Possession is punishable by up to two years in prison, while trafficking or growth can lead to up to ten years.

Author: Leafwindow Team

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