Notice the headline says “hemp”, not cannabis. It makes no difference to German prosecutors who say hemp tea is banned under the German Narcotics Law, which specifies that hemp products cannot be used for intoxicating purposes. The win our prize for killjoys of the week.
Prosecutors in Braunschweig, Germany, are seeking prison time against the operators of a retail shop that sold hemp teas.
The public prosecutor’s office says the sale of hemp tea is illegal, regardless how low the THC content.
The operators of the Hanfbar retail store – Marcel Kaine and Bardia Hatefi – face sentences of three years and 2½ years, according to the Braunschweiger Zeitung newspaper.
The partners are seeking acquittal, arguing that the teas are broadly available elsewhere and that the charges are unjust.
Hanfbar, which has been selling hemp foods and drinks as well as CBD oil since 2017, describes itself as a “vegan cafe” and calls hemp “the key to a sustainable and conscious lifestyle.”
Prosecutors say the hemp tea is banned under the German Narcotics Law, which specifies that hemp products cannot be used for intoxicating purposes.