French Green Party calls new CBD ban ‘absurd gift to drug traffickers’

France’s Green Party has hit back at a new rule banning the sale of CBD flowers and leaves, calling the decision “stupid, absurd, the worst nonsense” and “a real New Year’s gift to everyone.” [drug] dealers”.

A government decree of December 31 stipulates that the sale of CBD flowers or leaves, either for smoking or drinking in tea, directly to consumers is now prohibited.

CBD is derived from cannabis but is non-psychoactive, meaning it does not contain any of the psychoactive compounds, such as tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), found in “regular” cannabis.

Users say it helps with conditions like anxiety, depression, chronic pain, and even seizures, along with a host of other claimed benefits. Some also use CBD as a tobacco replacement.

Under the new rules, only the cultivation, import, export and industrial and commercial use of Cannabis sativa L. varieties are now permitted. Products that do not contain whole leaves or flowers for smoking or drinking will still be permitted.

The decree also legalizes a slightly higher concentration of THC in finished CBD products – this is now set at 0.3% instead of the previous 0.2%.

In addition to flowers and leaves for smoking or drinking in tea, CBD can also be commonly found in products such as body cream, honey, cosmetics, capsules, oils, and gummies. [bear] sweets.

The executive order was issued as a government decision meant to help public health, and also to help the police, who may have trouble telling the difference between a CBD product and a THC product.

environmental critic

But the new rules have provoked strong criticism from the environmentalist party in France (Europe Écologie les Verts, EELV).

Environmental presidential candidate Yannick Jadot sent a message of support to CBD sellers and producers on January 4, as many of them will now be required to get rid of their stocks.

In a tweet, he wrote: “CBD: The government demonstrates its absolute ignorance of the subject, trapped as it is in its ineffective and dangerous policy of repression against cannabis. Support for producers and sellers.

Julien Bayou, national secretary of EELV, also denounced this decision. He wrote: “Making #CBD illegal really is the worst stupidity. This will lead thousands of people who find in CBD a non-psychotropic alternative to #cannabis to turn to dealers at the risk of their health.

“A real New Year’s gift for dealers.”

The president of the environmental group in the Senate, Guillaume Gontard, described the government’s decision as “absurd dogmatism”.

He said: “To prioritize imports over allowing controlled local production is a load of nonsense.

François-Michel Lambert, eco-deputy, president of the Liberté Écologie Fraternité party and founder of the local economy group the National Institute of the Circular Economy, published a photo of him deliberately flouting the new rules.

He said, “I’ve decided to start 2022 defying a stupid ban,” and posted a photo of an open tube of CBD Whole Flower designed to be eaten like candy.

He then said the risk of CBD flowers is “zero”, but listed three reasons why the ban is “dumb”.

He wrote: “Thousands of stores will go bankrupt, the economy will lose 400 million euros in turnover and consumers will go to foreign Internet stores, or worse, to the black market.”

He said, “2022, a year without flowers, a silly year.

Cécile Duflot, former EELV MP and now head of the NGO Oxfam in France, said that “banning CBD flowers is like banning Champomy (the non-alcoholic champagne-type drink) from fear that it will be confused with champagne”.

She also denounced the “astonishing French hypocrisy around cannabis”.

Rather CBD ‘Made in France’?

But some welcomed the new rules, which finally provide a legal framework for the cultivation, import, export and industrial and commercial use of Cannabis sativa L varieties, and a higher concentration of THC in final products. CBD.

According to the promoters, they will pave the way for more “made in France” products.

“Previously, farmers were not allowed to touch hemp flowers, which were therefore imported from Italy or Switzerland. This decree means that we will finally be able to offer French CBD,” said Ludovic Rachou, president of the union. commercial cannabis producers, the Union of Industrialists for the Valorization of Hemp Extracts (UIVEC).

Mr. Rachou is also the founder of the start-up Rainbow, the first French company to sell its CBD products in mainstream stores such as Monoprix.

The new decree comes just over a year after the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that France could not ban the sale of CBD that had been legally produced in another European member state.

He also found that CBD was not a narcotic and had neither “a psychotropic effect nor a negative effect on human health”.

Read more: European Court: French ban on CBD products illegal

The ECJ intervened after the Aix-en-Provence Court of Appeal asked it to intervene in a case against two Marseille entrepreneurs accused of illegally selling a CBD-based e-cigarette under the Kanavape brand.

CBD was temporarily banned in France in 2018. However, since then, more and more stores, including in major cities such as Paris, Bordeaux, Marseille, Lyon and Nice, now offer CBD products on their shelves.

Under the new rules, they will have to remove all products containing whole flowers and leaves.

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