As a direct result, many European countries have seen a distinct increase in the opening of seed shops. Since it is down to law enforcement to prove the purchase of seeds is with the intent to cultivate cannabis, many store owners operate on a thin line between legal and illegal activity.
While this broad approach applies to Europe, when a product enters a specific country, it is then subject to that country’s laws. Therefore, it is possible to buy seeds prohibited in your own country, but legal in another.
Where does that leave consumers interested in cannabis seeds? Germany is still subject to the principle of free movement of goods in the EU, so having cannabis seeds shipped to Germany is permitted. You will not be subject to criminal repercussions if you order cannabis seeds online. Cannabis is legal by exception for users who have been granted a prescription by a medical professional.
France is unique in that cannabis, along with any other drug, may not be presented in a favourable light. No other European country has this type of legislation, and let us hope it stays that way. Surprisingly, cannabis seeds are legal as long as they are not used for growing. Consumption of weed, buying, or selling are also illegal and carry prison sentences and fines. If you live in France, you will have to order cannabis seeds from another European country.
Considered by many to be the motherland of cannabis in Europe, it’s no surprise that cannabis seeds and CBD are legal to purchase. However, what may come as a surprise is that cannabis is still illegal in the Netherlands. It is merely allowed under a “tolerance policy”. Growing cannabis is also a criminal act, although law enforcement tolerates a small number of plants grown for personal use.
The use, possession, processing and distribution of drugs (including cannabis) are criminal offences in Sweden. The penalty for breaking this law can vary from a fine to imprisonment of up to 18 years, depending on the severity of the crime and its aggravating circumstances.
Even though Sweden has taken a harsh stance on CBD, its government doesn’t frown on everything related to the cannabis plant. And the Swedish government likes cannabis stocks so much that it bought stock in two Canadian cannabis corporations back in 2018.
The legal status of cannabis in Sweden
Sweden has some of the harshest cannabis laws in Europe, yet the Swedish government holds stocks in two of the largest marijuana companies in the world — Aurora Cannabis and Canopy Growth.
At the moment, many European countries are taking small but sure steps towards legalising cannabis. Will Sweden legalise marijuana as well? Let’s find out.
However, the Supreme Court’s decision also specified that cannabidiol products that classify as medicine but don’t contain THC can be sold in Sweden if they’re licensed by the Medical Products Agency.
The cultivation, sale, and possession of cannabis for recreational purposes are illegal in Sweden.
In 2017 two individual patients have been granted the right to use medical marijuana. This was the first time in history. The permission was granted by the MPA (Medical Products Agency). This opens doors for other patients but each case will have to be granted individual permission.
RECREATIONAL MARIJUANA IN SWEDEN
Sweden has a zero tolerance policy on anything related to drugs and this included cannabis. The cops can stop and search anybody they want and if you do get caught with cannabis, you will be punished. Sweden is known for its harsh penalties for cannabis related crimes so you might want to be extra careful.
As the experiment with granting two patients the right to medical marijuana in 2017 was the first time this ever happened, there is hope that this will lead to further possible changes in the laws on medical marijuana.