Europe: Cannabis industry meets two relevant milestones

«The sector of the cannabis sees fulfilled two desires for this christmas and celebrates two milestones in one week»

With these words the president of the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA), Daniel Kruse, described the two most important news for the hemp sector in recent years.

We have had a very busy autumn in terms of international regulation of hemp, the ban on products with CBD in Italy, which was lifted a week later, the inclusion of CBD among the substances marketed in the EU, the increase in the maximum limit of THC by 50%, from 0.2 to 0.3%.

However, yesterday, December 2, two major milestones occurred for the industrial hemp sector. The first, by the United Nations, specifically by the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND), which takes the cannabis from the list IV of narcotic substances (list that equated the cannabis and its derivatives with substances such as heroin, ecstasy, cocaine …) and incorporates it into the list I (much less restrictive), also recognizing its medicinal properties.

AUTHOR’S NOTE: Mr. Minister of Health of the Government of Spain, what more evidence do you need to recognize the medicinal properties of cannabis? I found it hard to understand why you would not accept the recommendations of most of the medical sector, but I could not understand why you would not recognize an organization like the UN (please take note).

The second milestone is the recognition by the European Commission of the CBD as a food product. This is great news for the hemp sector, which has been waiting for a decision for 2 years. More than a year ago, the commercialization of food with CBD was suspended because it was classified as a «new food» by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) and from the EFSA to the Spanish Agency of Food Safety and Nutrition (AECOSAN).

The scope of this statement must be taken with caution until it is transferred to each of the member states and the various food safety agencies make it public.