According to French authorities, hemp is any Cannabis sativa with a THC content less than 0.2%. Unlike marijuana, hemp cannot get the user high. For this reason, it’s considered a legal and abundant crop in France.
With all of this in mind, customers in France should look for products made from CBD isolate in order to remain within the 0% THC limit.
When shopping online, make sure you choose products made with CBD isolates to avoid any trouble with the authorities.
1. Marijuana — More Than 0.2% THC
French laws are slowly becoming more accepting of CBD products as people around the world recognize the value of cannabis extracts.
As we mentioned above, people are free to grow their own hemp in France.
It’s important to know that cannabis is the umbrella term for both hemp and marijuana — and the distinction is crucial to understanding the laws regarding CBD in France.
However, France’s laws regarding hemp and CBD are not always straightforward. Let’s examine these laws in more detail.
"We did not understand why France was the last country in the European Union that had not given access to the sale of hemp plants", he said.
The Cour de cassation did not rule whether selling CBD in France was legal or not, and ordered a lower court to rule again on a case involving the owner of a shop selling CBD.
Based on the free trade of goods within the European Union, the Cour de cassation ruled that judges could not find the sale of CBD in France illegal if it had been legally produced in a member state of the bloc.
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"Without considering whether the substances seized had not been legally produced in another member state of the European Union, the court failed to provide a basis for its decision," it said, referring to a ruling of a lower appeals court.
Derived mainly from the hemp plant, CBD is increasingly used as a relaxant.
"We are happy", CBD shop owner Mathieu Bensa, who was not involved in the case, told Reuters after the ruling.
The owner was prosecuted for selling illegal drugs and the lower appeals court agreed that his sale of buds was illegal.
France allows for the sale of cannabis fibres and seeds containing less than 0.2 percent of THC, the psychoactive component in the plant.
The Cour de cassation on Wednesday based its ruling on a decision by the European Court of Justice last year, which ruled that no national law can prohibit the sale of CBD legally produced in a member state.
It is now up to the lower court to attempt to clarify the rules on selling CBD. In the meantime, shops selling CBD tea, oils and candy have continued to proliferate in the grey area of the law.
CBD, or cannabidiol, is a non-psychoactive component of marijuana, whose consumption remains illegal in France.
The Cour de cassation said that while the buds in the store were found to have trace amounts of THC, if they were legally produced in the European union, the owner should have been allowed to sell them.
Foxseeds, the shop at the centre of the case, like most CBD shops, sold buds, which authorities argue is illegal, regardless of how much THC they contain.