New World Order! Beijing's Hong Kong Administration to Ban CBD; Labels it as Dangerous a Drug as Heroin
The new Beijing-controlled Hong Kong administration intends outlawing CBD by February 2023 in a move that is going to wipe out many businesses currently selling CBD products. And even more alarmingly it will put cannabidiol into the same category of drugs as heroin and cocaine with transgressors of the law facing prison sentences.
22 October 2022 at 12:00:00
The Citizen reports that Hong Kong will outlaw cannabidiol (CBD) by February 2023. The new administration announced Thursday, 20 October 2022, that CBD would be placed in the same category as heroin, cocaine and methamphetamine with users facing hefty jail time.
The move is expected to wipe out businesses in the Chinese finance hub that had, until now, been able to sell CBD-infused products such as beers, coffee and health supplements.
The changes to Hong Kong’s drug control laws, pending a final round of vetting by the city’s rubber-stamp legislature, will take effect from February 1 next year.
“The trade and the public should arrange early disposal of any CBD products in their possession to avoid contravention of the law,” a government spokesperson said.
After the deadline, anyone who possesses or consumes CBD faces up to seven years in jail and fines of up to HK$1 million (US$127,000).
CBD will be put alongside more than 200 substances classified as “dangerous drugs”, which all carry the same strict penalty.
It is one of the active ingredients of cannabis but does not have psychoactive properties.
Users have touted its relaxing and pain-relieving properties, though Hong Kong’s Security Bureau said such claims “lack authoritative scientific proof”.
CBD is legal in the United States and parts of Europe, as well as in some Asian nations such as Japan and Thailand.
John Lee, a former police officer who became Hong Kong’s chief executive in July, has taken a hard line on drugs.“Cannabis is a drug, and the government will categorise it as a dangerous drug… to protect the public’s health,” he said in a speech last month.
China last year banned the use of CBD in cosmetic products.
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