Article by Robert Arnason, The Western Produce
Yesterday was a “great day” for Canadian hemp growers because the federal government eased regulations for testing and cultivation of industrial hemp.
Health Canada, in a Notice to Industry document, said it was eliminating testing for THC (the active ingredient in marijuana) in most varieties of hemp.
As well, growers will no longer have to identify fields for planting of hemp, prior to spring seeding.
In federal government language, the change is an exemption to the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act.
“The Exemption better aligns regulation of industrial hemp with the demonstrated low public health and safety risk of the crop,” Health Canada said in the Notice to Industry. “The Exemption is an interim measure to simplify the licence application process as the Government moves forward with its commitment to legalize, strictly regulate, and restrict access to marijuana.”
For years, Canadian hemp growers and hempseed processors have asked the federal government to simplify and remove regulations for hemp production.
So, the Health Canada announcement was fantastic news.