Hong Kong authorities propose banning CBD products within year

Retailers, however, argue they should be allowed to sell CBD-infused products as long as long as items have been verified safe for use.

Hong Kong’s law enforcement authorities have proposed banning CBD products within this year after finding that a third of such items sold in the city contain traces of an illegal active ingredient in marijuana.

But retailers have expressed reservations, arguing they should be allowed to sell such products as long as the items have undergone laboratory testing and are verified safe for use.

The Security Bureau had last week submitted a paper to the Legislative Council proposing amendments to list CBD – or cannabidiol, a substance derived from cannabis and its close relative, hemp – under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance within 2022.