Is CBD Legal In Finland?
Recently I had a question about whether CBD is legal in Finland. My partner lives in Finland and he had moved here a few years ago to study English and went to a language school in Helsinki where he studied Japanese. He told me that he had been given cannabis by his girlfriend, and upon his return home he had been arrested and later released.
He told me that the local court had found him guilty of drug trafficking, but as a foreigner he was not entitled to apply for an appropriate pardon. However, the court did not make any mention of any laws on cannabidiol, nor did it make any explicit ban on using it. He believes that the reason the court did not make such an explicit ban is that they have a lot of work to do, and that they are bound by the rules of the European Court of Human Rights which has jurisdiction in Europe and member states of the EU. He also told me that cannabidiol is used in conjunction with psychotropic substances, and as such is not allowed to be advertised or to be smoked. He explained to me that under the law there is an explicit ban on advertising cannabidiol, but this rule is only applicable to pharmaceutical drugs. He stressed the importance of consulting a professional lawyer before making any decisions.
I have also asked my law professor at university, and he told me that he believed that cannabidiol is not available from suppliers in Finland, and that it might be difficult to obtain in any case. He did not think that it would be easy to cultivate cannabis seeds and grow them on a large scale in Finland, and he did not see any significant increase in cannabis use among Finns. He also stressed the point that a lot of research has been going on in different countries on the subject. He pointed out that the US and other countries have made it illegal to cultivate cannabis seeds, and that some of the countries that allowed cultivation of medicinal cannabis seeds have closed down completely.
He did, however, recognise that there are some valid arguments against the regulation of medical cannabis in Finland. He told me that there is no real need to regulate cultivation of cannabis seeds, since they have not been found to have any harmful side effects. He also said that the law does not prevent pharmacological cannabis use and that in theory anyone who has a valid prescription could get the drug from a pharmacist. He admitted that it was unlikely that doctors would be prepared to give patients pharmaceutical cannabis without supervision. He also pointed out that there is a problem with training pharmacists, since most of them are not qualified to dispense medicine of any kind.
This means that they may be hesitant to prescribe medicinal cannabis when it is needed. He also said that it is not obvious that the consumption of cannabis will increase if the government legalises it again. He agreed that it might increase slightly in an orderly manner as the market for medicinal cannabis products in Finland develops, but he believes that this will be gradual and will take time. He also pointed out that the legal system in Finland is very robust, and that there are a number of different ways that people can challenge the decisions of the court of appeals. This is important because the legal system is based on the principle that a person has a right to defend his or her rights and that if they are being penalised for actions they believe to be unjust they should have the opportunity to do so.
The law reports that I mentioned came from a professional law report written by someone who knows as much as anyone else about the cannabis laws in Finland. He is no amateur. He knows very well that the government is serious about dealing with the drug trade and is determined to crack down wherever possible. He went into some detail about the police tactics which have been used in some areas of Finland. He drew my attention to some of the concerns that I have about how police officers are dealing with people caught using cannabis. He also draws attention to the fact that many police officers do not appear to have sufficient knowledge about the harmful effects of cannabis on young people.
He confirmed to me that he did not support the use of cannabis plants when cooking, smoking or otherwise using them as medicines. However he did highlight the fact that we do need to make sure that anyone who is considering growing cannabis plants, particularly cbd oil or cannabis seeds, does ensure that they have qualified health insurance. Such a policy will cover a number of aspects of growing medical cannabis plants, including acquiring all the relevant seeds, having a licensed growsler and ensuring that the plants are protected. He went onto say that he regarded cannabis seeds as a grey area, and that it was impossible to give any definite advice about the medicinal benefits of the cannabis plant.
My position is that it is probably illegal to grow cannabis plants in Finland, but only under very exceptional circumstances. If you have a lot of money, and you are growing cannabis for profit – such as starting an herbal medicine company or investing in industrial hemp cultivation – then it may be worth considering the possibility of growing your own CBD in a controlled environment. The good news is that there are several companies in Finland that Specialized Seed Company has been working with, and that deal in CBD oil. Evira is one of these companies. If you would like to know more about hemp cultivation in Finland, and whether it is possible to grow medicinal cannabis, I would encourage you to visit their website.