It is a well known fact that, like its partner ASEAN countries (with the exception of Thailand), Indonesia does not allow the sale, international trafficking or personal possession/consumption of any form of ‘narcotic’ or ‘drug’.  

Although the following countries have legalized the medical use of cannabis, including: Argentina, Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Luxembourg, North Macedonia, Norway, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Poland, Switzerland, parts of the USA and Thailand.

In Indonesia, cannabis  was banned in 1927 in the Dutch colonial period and those old laws are still in place today. In fact, ALL derivatives of medical or recreational cannabis (hemp/CBD/THC/hash/edibles) are considered just as bad as illegal class 1 and 2 narcotics, whether the cannabis be for topical or oral use.

Moreover shipping any narcotics or cannabis derivatives internationally through the post office or carrying any of the above drugs internationally in your luggage through the airport is considered an international criminal offense and the ‘trafficker’ will have to pay significant fines and stay in jail for a minimum sentence of 4 years unless proven innocent in an Indonesian court of law.

Let it be known that heavy fines and a prison sentence will be applicable even if the ‘trafficker’ made an ‘innocent mistake’ and carried a prescribed amount over. In others words, prescriptions are not valid in Indonesia.

Unfortunately, since 2016 or so there has been an increasing number of foreigners who have been searched at customs in the Bali & Jakarta airports and ‘caught’ with cannabis in their possession (medical marijuana – herbs or oils, marijuana edibles such as cookies/brownies/other).  Since 2018, every month there is at least one new person arrested and thrown in jail for as little as one small bottle of topical CBD oil or a cookie.

To repeat, the possession of or dealing with any drugs including CBD Oil, THC Oil (even if prescribed), medical Marijuana, cookies, edibles is indictable due to Indonesian law according to which drugs/narcotics are defined as follows:

Article 1.1. Any substance or medicine derived from plants or non-plants, either synthetic or semi-synthetic, which may cause degradation or change of consciousness, sensation loss, reduction through elimination of pain, and may cause dependence, which is differentiated into groups as referred to the law:

1. Therapeutically useless drugs, highly addictive like opium and its derivatives, heroin, cocaine, hashish, marijuana, MDMA (ecstasy), mescaline, LSD, amphetamine, methamphetamine, etc.

2. Therapeutically useful drugs but highly addictive like hydromorphone, oxycodone, pethidine, morphine ,etc.

3. Therapeutically useful but not as addictive as group 1&2 like dihydrocodeine, codeine, buprenorphine, etc.

Sentences can be high fines, jail up to life imprisonment and/or death penalty especially in case of trafficking.

For more information on this topic, see:

The List of countries who have legalized cannabis here.

The Indonesian drug laws in English here and in Indonesian here.