Highest European Court Rules CBD Is Not A Narcotic Drug
The European Court of Justice rules that CBD cannot be regarded as a narcotic as it is non-psychoactive and suggests that a French ban on the cannabinoid is contrary to EU law on the free movement of goods. Legal experts and industry hope the judgment will pave the way for a regulated European CBD market.
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The European Commission has unexpectedly concluded that CBD should not be considered as a drug opening up the path to a regulated EU market for the cannabinoid as a novel food.
A WHO recommendation to explicitly exempt low-THC CBD from international narcotics controls has been emphatically rejected by UN member states. The CBD industry had hoped for a positive outcome to remove regulatory pressure on product manufacturers in Europe and around the world.
Legal experts say the EU already prohibits cosmetic use of CBD sourced from hemp flowers, and it now appears that food supplement use could be held to the same standard. The World Health Organization has recommended changes to the half-century-old international treaty governing narcotic controls, which could help to resolve the situation, but there are reports of UN pushback.