Daniel Kruse, CEO at Hempro Int. and President of the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA) filed a suit against the City of Dusseldorf after it banned the marketing and sale of food containing CBD in its natural and extracted form.
On April 9, 2020, The State Agency for Nature, Environment and Consumer Protection prohibited the sale of products containing CBD-hemp extracts. According to Hempro Int. the city ruling on July 11, 2020 that led to the ban was a misinterpretation of the state agency’s legal assessment that’ traditionally allowed hemp extracts.
The European Commission had earlier issued a preliminary conclusion that non-medical natural hemp extracts present in hemp food, food supplements, and cosmetics are to be considered illegal last July. This has brought misunderstanding to the market participant.
Dusseldorf banning the production of hemp extracts will destroy jobs and bring doubts among consumers. It will also affect companies since they will offload much of their products. The grey market will go further underground, and the product quality will suffer.
Fifty-three countries of the United Nations Commission on Narcotic Drugs (UN-CND), will be required to vote over the non-medical natural hemp extract considered narcotic.
Hempro Int. has informed several candidates vying for Lord Mayor of Düsseldorf about the lawsuit against the city over the CBD sales ban and the current administration’s lack of willingness to discuss the ban. This happens at a time when the city’s elections are set to be conducted in less than a month.
Hempro International GmbH & Co. KG is a producer and wholesaler for the whole range of raw materials and end products made from hemp These include hemp textiles, hemp accessories, hemp cosmetics, and hemp food. With the consistent implementation of a strategy focused on product quality, Hempro International is one of Europe’s leading companies for hemp products with 53 employees.