Cannabis in Hong Kong is illegal under the Dangerous Drug Ordinance, which was put into effect on January 17, 1969, during the British colonial period. The possession, sale, transportation, and cultivation of cannabis are all prohibited. Cannabis is listed as a Schedule 1 drug, alongside others like heroin, opium, cocaine, and methamphetamine. The penalties for offenses related to cannabis are severe, with trafficking potentially leading to life imprisonment and a fine of HK$5 million.
Cannabis usage and growing remain illegal, but there have been reports of increased cannabis arrests and seizures over the years. In 2016, cannabis seizures by Hong Kong police increased by over 95% to 255 kg, up from 130 kg in 2015. According to the Narcotics Division of the Security Bureau, in 2016, cannabis was reported to be used by 5% of all psychotropic substance abusers in Hong Kong.
Despite the strict laws, the first cannabis investment symposium in Hong Kong was held in November 2018, targeting new cannabis investment opportunities for Hong Kong investors in an emerging new industry with the support of the HKSAR government. There have also been reports of synthetic cannabinoid usage in Hong Kong, which was not common before 2010.
It’s important to note that both THC and CBD are illegal in Hong Kong. The laws and penalties are strictly enforced, and any involvement in the trafficking of a Schedule 1 drug is taken very seriously by the cou