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Are sweets containing CBD legal in Hong Kong?
So-called CBD gummies, like all products linked to the substance, are illegal in Hong Kong.
CBD was added to the city’s Dangerous Drugs Ordinance on February 1, which lists more than 200 substances, including cocaine, cannabis, crystal meth and heroin.
Possession or consumption of related products are punishable by up to seven years in jail and a maximum fine of HK$1 million (US$127,700).
The trafficking or manufacturing of such items carry a maximum penalty of life imprisonment and a HK$5 million fine.
Before the ban took effect, products containing CBD were allowed if other prohibited ingredients derived from cannabis were not present.
Can the sweets be found locally?
The products are not legally available in Hong Kong.
Websites, such as Naturecan, that sell the sweets or related goods usually include a disclaimer indicating they can no longer deliver to Hong Kong because of local legislation, according to a check by the Post.
Criminal lawyer Christopher Morley warned residents interested in websites that agree to ship to the city. “Customs do intercept packages even if they are from a legitimate website abroad, they could still come in the ambits of Hong Kong criminal law,”…