The United Kingdom may quickly ascend in the CBD industry if significant post-Brexit amendments in law are implemented to permit hemp flower processing and harvesting, and if Industrial hemp THC limits are synched with worldwide trends.
Volteface (a drug reform coalition) set up a report supported by interests in hemp agriculture and Tory’s members of parliament. It states that allowing growers to harvest the whole hemp crop offers a better advantage in satisfying the UK’s $2 billion local CBD market that currently relies on imports.
Present UK regulations allow hemp cultivation for fiber and seeds. However, the Drugs Misuse Act states that flowers need to be destroyed unless the producer is licensed to make regulated substances by the Home Office. Firms permitted to produce marijuana clinical drugs or liaise with medical research institutions can only use leaves and flowers.
During the pre-Brexit United Kingdom was the outlier among the European Union member countries. This implies that most states could harvest the entire hemp crop. This situation led CBD manufacturers to launch beachheads in the promising UK Cannabidiol market since possible local producers were consigned towards the sidelines.
Volteface’s report suggests that Patel Pritti (the Home Secretary) may change the existing regulations to permit hemp flowers by calling for relevant amendments from the department’s drug advisers.
The post-Brexit UK administration also has the opportunity to offer local producers a significant advantage within the CBD sector by setting industrial hemp CBD limits at 1.0% for field samples.
The increased limit would place UK producers at par with producers in Switzerland, a non-European union member.
The BHA (British Hemp Association) and other industry participants have pushed for the enactment of the 1.0% THC threshold. The legislation would increase production efficiency since CBD coherently increases with THC in commercial hemp. This would give the United Kingdom’s producers a crucial edge over European Union states that continue operating under a stringent 0.2% THC threshold.