Czech hemp group criticizes amendment on THC in hemp

A Czech hemp organization is pushing back against a regressive amendment regarding the limit for THC in industrial hemp, saying it jeopardizes the development of the country’s cannabis bio-economy.

The Czech Cannabis Cluster (CzecHemp) said an amendment that surfaced last week in the Senate goes against the intent of a bill passed by the lower house of Parliament in June that would establish 1.0% as the limit for THC in industrial hemp plants. The new amendment suggested in the Senate would maintain the current THC limit for Czech hemp crops at 0.3%.

The bill from Parliament’s lower house, the Chamber of Deputies, would establish the 1.0% THC limit and set the stage for the legal marketing of CBD-based natural extracts as foods. Those changes are included in a broader law including amendments that would also legalize the licensed cultivation, processing and export of medical cannabis products.

The package of proposed amendments that has passed the lower house would keep the Czech Republic on Europe’s leading edge in terms of harm reduction and patient access to cannabis, advocates have said. The 1.0% THC limit proposal specifically would put the Czech Republic well ahead of most European countries, which are timidly following EU guidance and maintaining a lower limit of 0.2% THC for hemp crops while other nations around the world are quickly adopting the 1.0% THC barrier.


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