CBD legalization in Europe!
Hardly anything is as complicated as laws, guidelines and ordinances – even lawyers often reach their limits here. And what struck us once again is that even the responsible authorities and institutions often did not answer our questions.
Many countries in Europe have also discussed quality testing of pharmaceutical cannabis. And so, we were referred from one place to another during our research on cannabidiol and only rarely got clear and understandable answers.
Thanks to the best suppliers and companies in Europe, we can now order online and buy CBD oil legally and safely.
We have thought long and hard about how best to build this article. A stringing together of umpteen legal texts and ordinances would, in our opinion, not be very useful and uninteresting for most readers.
Probably the most critical question that burns most readers’ hearts is whether CBD products are legal. We can only reproduce what the authorities have told us concerning the CBD products listed below and their legality/marketability.
We are not lawyers and therefore cannot accept any liability for the following statements. If you want to be on the safe side, you should contact a lawyer.
CBD flowers: legal or illegal in Europe?
Concerning CBD flowers, the law is clear: the acquisition and possession of CBD flowers are not allowed – at least for the end consumer. Because the Narcotics Act provides for the following concerning hemp:
“Law on the traffic in narcotics Appendix: According to this first annexe, the following exceptions exist for the trade, possession and purchase prohibition of cannabis:
- if the cannabis (“marijuana, plants and plant parts of the plants belonging to the genus cannabis”) comes from cultivation in countries of the European Union with certified seeds of varieties which on March 15 of the year of cultivation in the in Article 9 of Delegated Regulation (EU) No. 639/2014 of the Commission of March 11, 2014, to supplement Regulation (EU) No. 1307/2013 of the European Parliament and the Council with provisions on direct payments to farm owners within the framework of support schemes of the common agricultural policy and to amend Annex X of the ordinance mentioned above (OJ L 181 of June 20, 2014, p. 1) is listed in the currently applicable version of the common catalogue of varieties for agricultural plant species, or their content of tetrahydrocannabinol does not exceed 2 per cent and traffic with them (except for cultivation)serves exclusively commercial or scientific purposes which exclude abuse for intoxication purposes …”
- Many now argue that the THC content of CBD flowers from EU hemp varieties is below 0.2 per cent, so they should be legal. But this is not the case.
Why? Because cannabidiol is not listed in the Narcotics Act’s annexes, and the EU hemp varieties are not intended for private consumers.
The most important point, however, is that abuse cannot be ruled out. Even if the CBD flowers contain less than 0.2 percent THC, the legislator would still have the option of extracting THC. Thus, CBD flowers are illegal.
Consumer traps on the World Wide Web
We looked at some British online shops that sell CBD flowers. One of these online shops offers CBD flowers with names such as “Gorilla Glue”, “Super Lemon Haze” or “White Widow” so that one could think that these are cannabis flowers.
But caution is advised here because only industrial hemp flowers are sold here – at best flowers from EU hemp, worth no more than around 3 euros per gram.
The “CBD flowers” are sold for a whopping 10 euros per gram. Besides, these flowers are not suitable for smoking, and the CBD content usually does not even exceed the 0,3 percent mark. There is no medicinal effect whatsoever.
There are always some black sheep trying to rip off consumers. Nevertheless, there are, of course, also reputable providers …
Even more interesting than the overpriced prices and the ineffectiveness are the slogans with which the CBD flowers are advertised:
“Order the best CBD flowers in The UK from us now! Our CBD flowers all have a maximum THC value of less than 0.2% and are therefore legal in The UK.”
In small letters underneath, there is the addition: “Attention: Our CBD flowers are an original product and not intended for consumption!”
Original product? What is that?
As already stated above, CBD flowers may not be sold to end customers, but only to traders so that the product serves exclusively commercial or scientific purposes that exclude abuse for intoxication purposes.
Now some online shop operators have thought of turning the CBD flowers into an original product. Primary production is to be understood as an activity that deals with the extraction of raw natural products.
And now comes the highlight: the original production is free of trade in The UK according to the trade regulations! Yes, European law is complicated, and yet, again and again, there are loopholes and grey areas.