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European Cannabis Round-Up Featuring Ukraine, Portugal, Netherlands, Czechia And The Italian ‘Valley Of CBD’

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UKRAINE is poised permit the use of medical cannabis opening up the potential treatment to over two million people.

The country’s multimedia news platform ukrinform informs that the country;’s one-tier parliament – the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine – will consider a bill proposed by its Cabinet over the coming weeks.

Mykhailo Radutskyi, MP from the Servant of the People parliamentary faction, a member of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Public Health, Medical Assistance and Medical Insurance, told the publication the following.

“The government bill on the legalization of medical cannabis has already been published for discussion… This document will be registered. It will come to our committee. I hope that the committee’s members will support it.

Not Drug Legalization

Mr Radutskyi said  that the adoption of the relevant legislation could provide more than two million Ukrainians with access to cannabis medicines.

He added: ”There were many narratives in society that it was allegedly the drug legalization…the bill has (not) a single word about drug legalization. It’s just medical cannabis,” he said.

Mr Radutskyi expressed hope that the Verkhovna Rada would adopt the bill in 2022.

The Portuguese hemp industry has raised concerns that new regulations run contrary to the rules of the European Union.

Of particular concern to the Industrial Hemp Trade Association of Portugal (ACCIP), is a new rule prohibiting the transportation of hemp flowers from the farm where they are grown – essentially banning trade for one of the most valuable parts of the plant.

Humberto Nogueira, vice president of the Industrial Hemp Trade Association of Portugal (ACCIP), said: “There is no legal basis to limit the trade of the entire hemp plant.

“At the same time, it limits the profitability of producers and farmers, something that is reflected in less hired labor and less fixed and seasonal employment.”

Italian hemp fields

Boost For Italian Hemp

There was better news for the Italian hemp industry with The Ministry of Agriculture saying the country’s farmers set to receive up to €300 in public aid per hectare up to a maximum limit of 50 hectares. 

Italian minister Stefano Patuanelli said he hoped the cash would help the industry develop in many different sectors such as construction, pharmaceuticals, bio-plastics and food and ‘not just fun as some would like to belittle it’. 

Italy has a growing hemp sector with Calabria, in southern Italy, nicknamed by some “the valley of the CBD”. It is the only country in the European Union (EU) where farmers can grow hemp with 0.6% THC. 

Canadian company Xebra Brands says it has commenced cannabis cultivation in the Netherlands, as one of the companies to be selected by the Dutch government to participate in medicinal cannabis trial. 

Czech Republic doctors can now prescribe medical cannabis via electronic prescription and no longer only on a secure physical prescription, up to a maximum of 180 grams per month.

Czechia Changes

From January to November 2021, more than 99 kg of medical cannabis were prescribed in the Czech Republic to some 4,370 patients, a hundred times more than in 2015, when the use of medical cannabis was introduced for around 30 patients. 

Currently, around 200 doctors are authorized to prescribe medical cannabis in the Czech Republic, reports Kafkadesk.

The new laws will also see private companies permitted to cultivate cannabis under the same conditions as any other medical substance. 

The Czech health ministry expects this change to increase competition and lower the price  of prescriptions, 90% of which are covered by public health insurance .

The new law, introduced on January 1, also defines industrial hemp as containing up to 1% THC. 

In January 2021, Czech lawmakers rejected a proposal to legalize the production and consumption of cannabis for adults.

Peter
Peter McCusker is an experienced news and business editor, who believes it’s time to fully embrace the multiple, proven, medical benefits of the cannabis plant.

2 COMMENTS

  1. Regarding the cultivation of hemp flower in Portugal and Spain, see in this article why the government authorities do not want to give permission.
    It is very difficult for a police officer to visually distinguish what is cannabis and what is hemp.
    Only with tests, but imagine testing a terrain with 10 thousand meters or more…

    https://english.elpais.com/spain/2022-01-12/why-marijuana-plantations-are-spreading-across-southern-spain.html

  2. Very useful article, but I do miss a couple of important and interconnected points: (1) the question of how to deal with the high prevalence of imported hashish on the European market; (2) as part of the social justice agenda, how to ensure access for traditional growers from the South currently dependent on the illicit European market; and (3) the unsustainable carbon footprint of indoor/greenhouse cultivation. About one-quarter of the Dutch coffeeshop sales is imported hashish, primarily―but not only―from Morocco. That market share, which may be even higher in France and Spain, is not going to be easily replaced by locally produced cannabis products. The wine analogy clearly applies here as well: even if some form of hashish is made from domestic cultivation, the quality and taste will not be the same and the illicit market of imported hashish will at least in part continue. And why should Europe only consider closed regulated markets and try to push Moroccan, Afghan, Lebanese or Nepalese farmers out and destroy their livelihoods? The suggested use of Appellations of Origin and Geographical Indications can easily be extended to the Moroccan Rif or to the local strains grown on the volcanic soil of St Vincent and the Grenadines. Moreover, talking about sustainability, indoor cultivation in Europe has an extremely high carbon footprint compared to outdoor growing in Morocco or the Caribbean. For more on these arguments, see our recent report: “A sustainable future for cannabis farmers, ‘Alternative Development’ opportunities in the legal cannabis market”, Transnational Institute, https://www.tni.org/en/publication/a-sustainable-future-for-cannabis-farmers

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