According to a stakeholder commission, the recently released Italian hemp board should concentrate on research as a major priority when re-launching the sector.
CSI, Canapa Sativa Italia asked the board to explore hemp’s potential applications that can culminate in a solid standing for Italy’s hemp stakeholders in the global marketplace. The board is tasked with creating regulations for a proposal focused on alleviating the country’s hemp sector.
Mattia Cusani, CSI Secretary, said that Italy can lead again in future if it takes advantage of the opportunity. CSI is among the companies represented in the 48-member board. Other represented members include Italy’s ministries of Economic Development, Health, Defense, Interior, Environment and various other firms.
In the initial summit, the board set up three working panels that’ll tackle the sector’s challenges; one commission to regulate activities in Italy’s territories; another group will concentrate on plant and machinery; the last group will focus on research. All these groups will be presided over by ministerial officials.
According to CSI, Italy needs to change its regulations and laws to comply with a recent ruling by the European Justice Court (ECJ). In 2020, ECJ concluded in a French case that hemp-based cannabidiol shouldn’t be categorized as a narcotic and should be traded freely like other commodities among European Union member countries.
The European Commission also reversed its former stand that hemp should be classified as narcotic after ECJ’s ruling. In August 2020, the commission gave a preliminary ruling that recreational CBD and other hemp-based products should be termed as Narcotics within the EU.
Stakeholders disclosed that one immediate difficulty is developing faster and more agile equipment for testing THC levels in hemp plants.
After France, Italy is the second biggest perennial hemp grower in Europe. It’s the top European country that grows and processes fibre, fundamentally for the building sector.