We’ve been writing about various European countries’ approaches to regulating hemp (or auf Deutsch, Hanf) and hemp-derived cannabidiol (which I’ll refer to as “CBD”). While readers of the blog know that the legalization of hemp via the 2018 Farm Bell led to a massive CBD explosion in the United States, it’s only starting to dawn on folks in the U.S. that the CBD craze is global. In fact, our team of hemp lawyers just led a pretty awesome webinar on the international cannabis market, which you can watch for free here.
Not only is hemp blowing up stateside, but Europe is also experiencing a huge uptick in the sales of these products, which are expected to reach nearly $1.7 billion by 2023 (in my opinion, it’ll be even more than that). With that in mind, let’s dive into Deutschland’s approach to hemp and CBD—and read some entertainingly long words along the way.
Hemp is somewhat regulated under Germany’s equivalent of the U.S. Controlled Substances Act, the Betäubungsmittelgesetz (“BtMG”). BtMG section 19(3) gives primary cultivation authority over hemp to the Federal Office of Agriculture and Food, the Bundesanstalt für Landwirtschaft und Ernährung (“BLE”). Article 24a requires annual reporting to the BLE by