THE WHAT? The European Court of Justice has ruled that CBD is not classified as a narcotic and therefore can benefit from the same free movement of goods between EU Member States that other legal products enjoy, according to a report published by Hemp Today.
THE DETAILS The ruling comes after a challenge to France’s purported ban on CBD was escalated to the European court. The ECJ, quoting the 1961 United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs found that extract from flowers is not considered a narcotic and therefore Member States cannot prohibit the marketing of CBD that is legally produced in another Member State when it is extracted from the cannabis sativa plant including flowers.
THE WHY? The ECJ contended that France had not provided any evidence of harm in relation to CBD consumption and therefore could not justify its ban. As Daniel Kruse, President of the European Industrial Hemp Association, told Hemp Today, “This is a big day for the hemp industry. If the industry now keeps being proactive and comes up with safety assessments and standards, the products will be legally marketable all over Europe – at the latest, in three years. And then the market potential explodes.”