The Czech Republic is thought by many to have pretty relaxed laws on certain substances, which has got Prague the nickname of ‘The Amsterdam of the East’, but what about is neighbour? Is CBD legal in Slovakia?
Somewhat strangely, from an outsider’s perspective at least, the laws on drugs and other substances differ greatly between this two once connected countries. In fact, when it comes to CBD, Slovakia doesn’t only differ from its next-door neighbour and former sibling, but also from pretty much the whole of the rest of the European Union (EU).
We know, right?! It’s a generally weird situation. It is rare that laws on novel foods and substances alters between countries in the EU, simply because the Union is based on a few key concepts, and free movement of goods between Member States is one of the top ones.
Yet, when it comes to CBD, which is legal under EU law as long as the THC content is under 0.2% and the cannabinoid is derived from industrial hemp plants that follow EU regulation, Slovakia has decided to go another way.
What is the Legal Status of CBD in Slovakia?
The concerns about CBD in Slovakia are much the same as they are in most other countries where CBD is illegal, there is very little (if any) legal separation between CBD and THC.
As a result, despite the first fact that most of learn about CBD being that it isn’t psychoactive, the law of Slovakia sees CBD as a psychotropic substance, and it is therefore banned from being bought or sold in any way, shape, or form within the countries borders.
This isn’t one of those laws that has been around forever, and the government just hasn’t got around to changing it yet, this is a relatively recent legal change, brought into effect in 2011.
The way it happened, however, is quite weird.
The Sativex Confusion
The 2011 law wasn’t actually about CBD specifically, but about the drug Sativex, which was ruled a group 2 substance under the Psychotropic Substances Act (which is an excellent band name). Group 2 means that the substance can only be imported, exported, or handled within the country with the express permission of the Slovakian government. The thing is, Sativex contains both THC and CBD, and this is the only law that governs CBD, meaning that CBD is simply classified the same was as Sativex is.
The parliament of the country has since claimed they didn’t realise the drug contained CBD when they made the ruling, yet have still thus far refused to change its legal status in the country.
Will this Change?
While we can never know for sure what will happen with the law of any country, and we at P&H do not claim to be academically proficient in Slovakian governmental policy, it is fairly likely that there will be a change soon, not least because it is likely to not go down particularly well with the other 27 member states of the EU, none of which consider CBD to be a dangerous substance in the way it is classified in Slovakia.
There is some noise being made in the country too, with left-leaning politician Martin Poliačik speaking of trying to remove CBD from the list of psychotropic substances.
However, he has also stated that this won’t happen until the end of an investigation by the Ministry of Health in the country, which is studying new trials of CBD, and there is very little information to help anyone in estimating how long that’s going to take.
So while a change is likely at some point, for the foreseeable future, Slovakia remains an anomaly in the EU, the only European country with a straight-up ban on CBD products.
That means if you are living in or visiting Slovakia, it is strongly advised to keep CBD out of your diet for however long you spend within the country’s borders.
What’s your opinion on CBD law in Slovakia? Do you think it will change soon? Do you live in Slovakia? What are your thoughts? Let us know in the comments below.
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