The European Parliament voted on 23 October 2020 to raise industrial hemp limits from 0,2% to 0,3%. This will bring the EU in line with the United States once ratified by the Union, and will help African hemp producers standardize their exports.
According to a report in the Hemp Industry Daily the parliament also approved an amendment to add hemp to sectors covered by European Union marketing standards which would eventually establish a criterion for grading hemp products and allow restrictions regarding the use of certain substances and marketing practices.”
In a statement, the European Industrial Hemp Association called the vote “a major achievement for the European hemp sector.” The organization said raising the THC limits “would allow new varieties to enter the market and to be bred, resulting in a better adaptation of the crops to the climatic conditions of the different EU territories.” While marketing standards for the industry “would translate into a significant increase of quality and standardization of hemp products,” the group said.
Daniel Kruse, EIHA President, noted that “For decades, hemp has been considered as a minor crop, while, for centuries, it has been a key asset for our economies.”
According to the report, the European Parliament shares the authority to adopt and amend legislation with the Council of the European Union and European Commission. European Parliament Press Officer Jan Jakubov told Hemp Industry Daily that talks on European Union farm policy are likely to commence next month.