Not only is CBD legal in France, so are hemp flowers, provided the country’s latest court rulings are in effect.
French Outlet RFI report On December 30, 2021, the French government legalized the sale of hemp-derived products containing CBD with less than 0.3% THC, after the CBD ban collapsed a year ago. However, to the potential dismay of D8 and hemp flower enthusiasts, the government has also banned the sale of hemp flower, citing its supposed psychotropic effects.
However, a French high court overturned that ban, ruling that CBD had not been proven to be harmful and the flower had legitimate uses beyond smoking.
December 29th in France State CouncilThey also found no hard evidence of harm from CBD.
“The harmful effects of other molecules present in cannabis flowers and leaves, particularly CBD, have not been established,” the council said. The council added that there is evidence to suggest that CBD has “relaxing and anticonvulsant effects, but no psychotropic effects and does not cause addiction.”
In other words, the court ruled that hemp flower should not be automatically classified as a psychotropic drug, rather far from it. It can also be consumed. Homemade tinctures and vaporized flowers are other considerations.
Concerns about distinguishing cannabis
Concerns have been raised about exactly how the government plans to separate hemp from THC-rich cannabis, which is nearly indistinguishable to the naked eye, despite a recent court ruling allowing flowers. The State Council considered THC levels “can be controlled by rapid testing.”
of European Court of Justice In November 2020, it ruled that the ban on CBD in France, while legal in several other European countries, was illegal on the basis of the free movement of goods principle.
The Court of Cassation, the highest court of justice in France, Reigned last June CBD legally produced in the European Union may be legally sold in France.
RFI reports that there are now about 2,000 CBD shops in France, according to the Hemp Professionals Association (SPC). In addition, the annual turnover of the industry is estimated at around €500 million, or he is US$534.1 million. More than half of the sales are only flowers.
Country experts say the court’s latest ruling gives the green light to an “economically sustainable” hemp industry that can stand the test of time.
hemp today report Hemp in France could bring in €1.5 billion (US$1.6 billion) to €2.5 billion (US$2.6 billion) in annual sales and create 18,000 to 20,000 jobs, according to the French Senate Group.
The French CBD gray market is worth around €200 million (US$214 million) in 2021 and is expected to reach around €300 million (US$321 million) this year, according to the French extract industry group. is estimated by UIVEC. UIVEC also estimates that about 300-500 hectares of hemp will have been grown for CBD-producing flowers in 2022.
The regulation, which is expected to roll out in early 2023 as the legislation progresses, will allow the government to declare hemp conforming to the EU’s Common Agricultural Policy, develop a strategy for the industry and set specific regulations. It’s a schedule.