CHTA Sends out Warning Meant for the Federal Government Industrial Hemp Regulators
Canada's Position as the World's Leading Hemp Exporter at Risk
While Canada's thriving hemp industry exported $64.8 million in hemp in the first seven months of 2015, surpassing its 2014 twelve month total of $47.9 million, its position as the world's leading hemp exporter is in jeopardy.
Archaic Health Canada regulations and an overburdened regulatory system in Canada are the Achilles heel of this agricultural crop.
The U.S.A. and other key markets around the world have watched Canada's hemp industry grow, learned from its successes and setbacks, and are now poised to enter the market free of the regulatory burdens Canadian producers face.
Since 1998 Canadian farmers and entrepreneurs have managed to create a global industry in spite of the regulatory burden it faces. The industry is meeting November 17 through November 19th in Calgary to discuss opportunities in the sector and to learn about the science which clearly demonstrates that hemp has countless applications in the food, therapeutics, cosmetics, construction, fibre and biofuels market segments. Hemp is the most versatile crop in the plant kingdom.
As the industry meets to discuss the yet untapped potential of the industry, the CHTA remains cautiously optimistic that the Government of Canada, under Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, will work with the CHTA to reduce the regulatory burden under which Canada's hemp producers, processors and exporters currently operate.
The federal government must make changes to Canada's regulatory environment if Canadian hemp producers are going to remain competitive with producers in the U.S.A. and around the world. Canada's hemp producers have shown they have the ability, desire and skills to make our country a global leader in industrial hemp exports, but federal regulations are hampering the efforts of the industry and putting their continued success and prosperity at risk.
CHTA, established in 2003, is the national organization representing hemp growers and processors.
This article nicely sums up what we communicated to Health Canada Industrial Hemp staff not one month ago when, with respect to obtaining permit permission to create CBD oil from the plant materials of the Industrial Hemp Plant form our own fields, and were informed that it is illegal to produce, or import such oil -- period.
Rather, all we are allowed to do with all parts of the crop excluding the seeds, is to rhet it -- til lit into the ground. I do not know about you, but this makes no sense to us at all. Industrial hemp has no significant THC and the oil that we could produce from the leaves is undeniably good -- in every way.