Man, 30, arrested for possession of CBD after new laws enforced

A 30-year-old man was arrested on Wednesday by Hong Kong Customs after they found a small amount of CBD product in an airmail parcel addressed to him, marking the first such case after the legislation was enforced this month to criminalize the possession of the chemical.

Customs announced last night that an airmail parcel declared as a skin oil and shipped from Denmark to Hong Kong was seized at Hong Kong International Airport on February 6. Upon inspection, Customs officers found two bottles of suspected cannabidiol (CBD) oil inside the package. The total amount of the drugs was about 60 milliliters.

After a later inspection launched by Customs, officers yesterday targeted a man in Yau Ma Tei suspected to be the receiver of the parcel, arresting him and further finding two bottles of CBD oil and four grams of suspected cannabis buds upon search of his workplace.

A grinder containing traces of cannabis buds was also found in the man’s residential place in Tseung Kwan O.

The CBD oil and the cannabis buds seized were estimated at about HK$5,800, said Customs.

Hong Kong enacted the legislative control of CBD products from February 1. With the regulation, CBD product is under the same strict control as other dangerous drugs under the Dangerous Drugs Ordinance, and any action to possess it will be sentenced to a maximum of seven years imprisonment after being convicted.