Is CBD Oil Legal In Uganda?

by in International Law October 3, 2019

In every corner of the globe, CBD use is on the rise. There are some scientific studies that claim to have found CBD to be beneficial and also a lot of anecdotal evidence from literally millions of users who also claim to have found CBD to be helpful at addressing multiple physical and emotional problems.

As a result of its newfound popularity, the CBD industry as a whole has exploded. One estimate has guessed that the chemical will generate an astonishing $22 billion by 2022, though more conservative estimates have noted that they see CBD generate $1 billion by the end of 2020 and $20 billion by the end of 2024.

No matter how you look at it, these are huge numbers. And they are both a cause and effect of many governments reexamining their CBD laws. These governments have recognized that CBD isn’t marijuana and shouldn’t be regulated as such, as CBD lacks the necessary THC (tetrahydrocannabinol, the chemical compound in marijuana which gets someone “high”) to intoxicate anyone. However, while many governments have made the switch, others have not.

One such example is Uganda.

Is CBD Oil Allowed In Uganda?

No, CBD is not legal in Uganda. All forms of marijuana have been illegal to consume in the country since 1902. However, that’s not to say that Uganda is completely bars marijuana, cannabis or hemp from being grown within its borders. The same story which discussed the current prohibition on marijuana consumption in the country also noted that, as of May 2019, the Uganda cabinet was researching whether or not to amend their laws to allow for cannabis production.

Interestingly enough, that debate, and its lack of a formal conclusion, hasn’t stopped the country from importing marijuana seeds and soils from other countries – something it has apparently done since 2018. According to the article, a Ugandan business (Industrial Hemp Uganda) had been doing the importing with Industrial Globus Pharma Uganda, a subsidiary of an Israeli Firm, Together Pharma. But, in June 2019, that deal was suspended, pending legislative demands that the government clarify what was happening with medical marijuana in the country, as licenses had been granted without the laws formally being changed. The same article noted that Uganda currently has bids from 20 different companies to grow marijuana within its borders.

This confusion was enhanced by an announcement in April 2019, in which Uganda the country announced that it had secured contracts with pharmacies in Germany and Canada to export marijuana for medical purposes.

Thus, Uganda finds itself in a different and rare position: Though they have not legalized any form of marijuana consumption or sale (including CBD, recreational or medical marijuana), it appears that the country is allowing foreign firms to grow medical marijuana within its borders.

Author: Leafwindow Team

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