Hemp farming was legalized in Italy back in January 2017. However, there are still many stipulations when it comes to cultivating hemp for CBD production. Local farmers can actually grow hemp without a license and the THC content is capped at 0.6%, unlike other European nations. A recent law passed by Italy’s Agriculture Ministry has now added hemp flower to the official agriculture products list under “extraction uses” for medicinal purposes. This new change may point to an encouraging shift for market opportunities for those currently growing hemp for CBD productions.
Agriculture Minister Teresa Bellanova approved the decree stating the addition in which hemp flower was listed under medicinal plants in their table of agricultural products. With the new recent inclusion of hemp flower on the list, this may suggest that the entire plant is another step closer to being recognized as an agricultural product. The legality of harvesting and processing hemp flower has been under the scrutiny of the EU regulators who are trying to find a solution between the 1961 treaty’s definition of cannabis as a narcotic and the ever-growing CBD market. While there are over 70 varieties of cannabis that are legal for cultivation in the EU, the existing wording from the UN has led certain countries to ban harvesting hemp flower or ordering the destruction of flowers after harvest. The new inclusion of hemp flower on Italy’s list could mean that hemp varieties with 0.2% THC or less can be grown and processed as a medicinal plant.
CBD Seed Co. is honored to be the trusted CBD seed supplier serving Italy. We look forward to seeing how this new legislation opens up opportunities for local farmers and the economy. Our team is always available to help you create a successful hemp farm and provide the support you need. For more information regarding the new hemp processing laws in Italy, please contact us!