Hong Kong will outlaw CBD from February 1 next year subject to a final round of vetting by the city’s legislature, the government has announced.
The move would classify the substance as a “dangerous drug” – alongside heroin and cocaine among others – with users facing long jail terms and heavy fines.
It is currently legal to sell CBD-infused products in Hong Kong, but a government spokesman warned: “The trade and the public should arrange early disposal of any CBD products in their possession to avoid contravention of the law.”
Hong Kong’s new chief executive John Lee has taken a hard line on drugs since taking up office in July. Last year, China banned the use of CBD in cosmetic products.