The possession and sale of CBD, this substance present in cannabis, will be made criminal from February 1 by Hong Kong, in the same way as other dangerous drugs.
Anyone found in possession of CBD gum or oil could face up to seven years in prison and a $170,000 penalty, The Globe and Mail reported.
The substance is known to have positive effects on pain and stress.
The Hong Kong Security Bureau said last year that “CBD, in its pure form, is not psychoactive and not associated with abuse potential.”
But the bureau also said that CBD products may contain traces of THC or at least amounts “below the detection limits of various analytical methods.”
Hong Kong citizens have been urged for several weeks to hand over their CBD products at designated points to authorities to avoid finding themselves outlawed.
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