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FRANCE

Title: French Hemp Farmers Face Tight Restrictions in Conflict With EU Rules

Author: Marijuana.com

Date: 18 April 2018

URL: https://www.marijuana.com/news/2018/04/french-hemp-farmers-face-tight-restrictions-in-conflict-with-eu-rules/

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France’s ban on hemp flower processing  is not consistent with European legislation, which does not limit the cultivation of hemp to a part of the plant. European and French law have already been decided on this subject: A country within the European Union does not have the right to restrict the common organization of markets in the hemp sector.

The French law restricting hemp production to fiber and seed conflicts with the European Union’s allowance of hemp production on the whole plant. Should the laws be reconciled, a CBD hemp industry and CBD flower shops could develop in France, similar to the country’s Swiss neighbors.

Some hemp farmers and shops already operate in this gray area between EU and French regulations. While the farmers are relatively discreet and navigate in the gray market, shops have begun to sell CBD flowers more openly.

At the European level, the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA) is trying to defend the interests of the hemp industry. The association recently asked the European Union to raise the THC limit from 0.2 percent to 0.3 percent, citing that the lower limit could put the EU at a competitive disadvantage compared with North America or Asia, where limits already extend to the higher 0.3 percent THC content.

GERMANY

Title: Maricann Subsidiary, Mariplant, Commences Hemp Operations in Germany

Author: Press Release

Date: 18 April 2018

URL: https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2018/04/18/1480963/0/en/Maricann-Subsidiary-Mariplant-Commences-Hemp-Operations-in-Germany.html

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he Ebersbach facility is currently under retrofit of 8,000 sq. m (86,111 sq. ft) separated from its Maricann GmbH operations, to accommodate drying equipment capable of processing 1,000 kg of wet cannabis per hour. Storage and extraction equipment from Advanced Extraction Systems (AES) will be utilized to process up to 200 kg of cannabis flowers per day.1

Mariplant’s operation will focus on producing isolates of CBD and CBG, which are considered to be the most desirable cannabinoids. Maricann will add terpenoids and flavonoids in addition to its VesiSorb emulsion technology to create Mariplant products for distribution as food supplements across Germany and the greater European Union. Terpenoids and Flavonoids from Maricann’s Haxxon cultivation and extraction operation from feminized cannabis will be added to improve efficacy.

 

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