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Is Cannabis legal?

No.  It is an offence to cultivate, import, export, produce, supply and possess cannabis except in accordance with a Ministerial Licence. 

Policy to date has not permitted the cultivation of cannabis for medical purposes and no licences have been issued for this activity. 

The Government has no plans to legalise cannabis. 

The two most common active components found in cannabis are tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol (CBD).

  • THC is the principal psychoactive constituent of cannabis. Under the Misuse of Drugs legislation products containing THC are strictly controlled and possession is unlawful except under licence.
  • CBD is derived from cannabis. However, since it is not psychoactive it is not controlled under the Misuse of Drugs legislation, and does not require a Ministerial Licence.