At the end of October, the EU Parliament voted on its negotiating position regarding the three regulations that shape the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP). Key for the European industrial hemp industry Members of the EU Parliament voted in favour of the increase of THC level on the field from 0,2% back to 0,3% and of the possibility to establish marketing standards for hemp.
The European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA) welcomed the news highlighting how the vote represents a major achievement for the European hemp sector as, if confirmed by the Council, these two provisions will have a major impact on the development of European hemp businesses.
“For decades, hemp has been considered as a minor crop, while, for centuries, it has been a key asset for our economies.” commented Mr Daniel Kruse, EIHA President. “The vote of the EU Parliament reflects a renewed approach of our society to this wonderful plant [hemp] that has the potential of decarbonising many different manufacturing sectors and provide farmers with a consistent and green source of revenues”.
If confirmed the new provisions will allow new varieties to enter the market and to be bred, as a result of the rise in THC levels, which could mean better crops adapted to the climatic conditions of the different EU territories.
The establishment of standard market guidelines by the EU Parliament would translate into a significant increase of quality and standardisation of hemp products, as well as a clear regulatory framework covering a wide range of aspects.
Marketing standards encompasses sales descriptions, classification criteria, presentation, labelling, packaging, product characteristics, specific substances used and farming methods, among others. 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.
Industry stakeholders will be hoping that the provisions are confirmed and that this will herald a new era for European hemp.
Source | EIHA