France overturns ban on sale of CBD hemp flower – what you need to know

France overturns ban on sale of CBD hemp flower – what you need to know
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Regulators in France have reversed a ban on the sale and consumption of CBD flower. We’ve summarised everything you need to know.  As of Thursday, 29 December 2022, the French Council of State (Conseil d’État) overturned a decision to cancel the ban on the sale and consumption of raw CBD hemp flowers and leaves. The Council – which advises the government on legislation and acts as a supreme court for administrative justice – ruled that an absolute ban on the marketing of the substance was ‘disproportionate’. It added that the sale of CBD in leaf and flower form does not pose a risk to public health.  Why was CBD flower banned? In December 2021, the French government approved the sale of CBD products containing less than 0.3% THC, but the regulation simultaneously prohibited the sale of hemp flowers and leaves for smoking or drinking as tea. The ban was initially made on health grounds, following the publication of two small studies suggesting the dangers of CBD were unknown.  However, it was in direct opposition to a 2020 ruling by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU), which found that CBD is not a narcotic and that EU Member States may not ban the marketing of CBD when extracted from the whole plant. The decree also contradicted a ruling made by France’s Constitutional Council, which declared that a substance must be both toxic and addictive to be classed as a narcotic. CBD would not fall under this definition according to the CJEU ruling. The controversial decision received widespread opposition from those in the industry, with fears it would lead to the loss of tens of thousands of jobs. At the time of the ban, the Syndicat du Chanvre, which brings together players in the French wellness hemp, medical cannabis…

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