Legislative Control of Cannabidiol (CBD)

Cannabidiol (CBD)

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  • CBD products have been becoming popular in recent years. Some merchants claim that CBD products can bring health benefits such as soothing pain and improving sleep quality. However, these claims are not authoritatively proven by science. CBD comes from cannabis plants. Cannabis has tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), which is a strictly controlled dangerous drug and can lead to hallucinations, addiction, depression, etc., and even psychosis. Experts say it is difficult to isolate pure CBD from cannabis. Most likely, CBD products contain trace amounts of THC, which can be harmful. In addition, CBD can naturally decompose into THC under normal storage conditions, and it can be used to produce THC.
  • To take forward the Government’s plan to list CBD as a dangerous drug under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance (DDO), the related Amendment Order has been tabled at the Legislative Council for negative vetting. Subject to legislative procedures, the subsidiary legislation to control CBD as a dangerous drug would commence on 1 February, 2023.
  • From 27 October, 2022 to 30 January, 2023, disposal boxes will be placed at ten Government premises across the territory to facilitate the disposal of CBD products. The trade and the public should arrange early disposal of any CBD products in their possession to avoid contravention of the law after commencement of the legal control on CBD on 1 February, 2023.
  • Subject to legislative procedures, CBD will become a dangerous drug on 1 February, 2023. Under the DDO, trafficking (including importing and exporting) and manufacturing of substances in contravention of the law will be subject to a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and a fine of $5 million. Possession and consumption of substances in contravention of the DDO will be subject to a maximum penalty of seven years’ imprisonment and a fine of $1 million.
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