The EU has an active hemp market, with production in most member nations. Production is centered in France, the Netherlands, Lithuania, and Romania. France is the main producer of hemp, accounting for almost 50% of Europe’s total production. EU report can be found HERE.
22 countries have legalized medical cannabis programs. Ireland has a 5-year pilot program that started in 2019. Many EU countries also have relaxed cannabis possession laws. Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Macedonia, Malta, The Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Switzerland, Ukraine, and the United Kingdom.
Medical cannabis, or medical marijuana, is cannabis and cannabinoids that are prescribed by physicians for their patients.
Hemp is a variety of plant from the Cannabis genus. The THC level in the plant will determine whether it is classed as hemp or cannabis. EU will class a plant as Hemp if it has a THC level OF 0.2% or below. The USA states it is 0.3%. Any plant that is above these levels is now classed as Cannabis and NOT Hemp.