Last week The EU Parliament in Brussels endorsed the increase of THC level for industrial hemp on the field in a key vote on the Common Agricultural Policy.
The European Parliament voted on its negotiating position regarding the three regulations that shape the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). This text will be object of negotiations with the EU Commission and the Council, aiming at finding a common position to be adopted in 2021.
Members of parliament voted in favour of the increase of THC level on the field from 0.2% back to 0.3% and of the possibility of establishing marketing standards for hemp.
The outcome of the vote represents a major achievement for the European hemp sector as - if later confirmed by the Council - these two provisions will have a major impact on the development of European hemp businesses.
The increase of THC level in industrial hemp would allow new stains and varieties to enter the market, resulting in a better adaptation of the crops to the climatic conditions of the different EU Member States.
On the other hand, the possibility of establishing marketing standards would results in a significant increase of quality and standardisation of hemp-derived products, and a clear regulatory framework covering a wide range of aspects. Marketing standards encompasses sales descriptions, classification criteria, presentation, labelling, packaging, product characteristics, specific substances and ingredients used, farming methods etc. These exist already for most agricultural products including wine, fruit, vegetables and olive oil, and it is thus just fair to add hemp to the list.
The European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA) is truly happy about the outcome of the vote in the Parliament and strongly encourages the Council to take on the proposals put forward by the legislative body of the EU.
“For decades, hemp has been considered as a minor crop, while, for centuries, it has been a key asset for our economies.” Said Mr Daniel Kruse, EIHA President.
”The vote of the Parliament reflects a renewed approach of our society to this wonderful plant that has the potential of decarbonising many different manufacturing sectors and provide farmers with a consistent and green source of revenues”.
European International Hemp Association (EIHA.org) will continue to advocate for a clear and science-based regulatory framework, envisaging a whole-plant approach, and we strongly support their efforts.
Source: EIHA.org, 26/10-2020
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