The text of the document focuses attention of politicians on the need to develop reasonable legislation on non-psychotic cannabinoids, in particular cannabidiol extracts, and the possibility of their widespread use as a food additive or as safe pharmaceutical preparations. The goal is to protect consumer rights, as well as the need to maintain the current double-digit growth rate of the industry, attract investors to it, create new jobs and encourage the continued production of high-performance, safe products from cannabis.
 
The Cologne Declaration on Technical Cannabis, signed by 191 participants in the 14th International Conference of the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA), points out the most acute problems of industrial hemp breeding. The text of the document focuses attention of politicians on the need to develop reasonable legislation on non-psychotic cannabinoids, in particular cannabidiol extracts, and the possibility of their widespread use as a food additive or as safe pharmaceutical preparations. The purpose of initiating this kind of document is to protect consumers' rights, as well as the need to maintain the current double-digit growth rates of the industry, attract investors to it, create new jobs and stimulate the further production of high-performance safe products from cannabis.
 
The Declaration proposes the development of a reasonable and harmonious legislation on guidelines for the development of cannabis industries related to the cultivation, processing and sale of psychoactive cannabis in all EU Member States, especially given the growing competition from manufacturers in countries where the relevant legal framework is developed And allows the active development of this field of cannabis cultivation. Examples include Canada, the United States and China, which are actively promoting their products from therapeutic hemp to the European market.
 
Two more issues of the Cologne Declaration are important for the entire hemp industry in the EU, where, unlike the rest of the world, hemp cultivars are regulated by 0.2% THC in the inflorescences of low-cannabis hemp. The document's signatures suggest that politicians in their countries change the European legislation in such a way as to raise the bar of restrictions from 0.2 to 0.3% of tetrahydrocannabinol to harmonize EU legislation with the regulatory framework of the US and Canada.
 
In addition, representatives of the cannabis industry called on the Decree to stop the ban on the cultivation of non-narcotic hemp prescribed in the UN Convention on Drugs. So far, no differentiation has been made in the above document between marijuana, therapeutic and technical hemp. Despite the exceptions set out in paragraph 2 of Art. 28, government officials refer to the need to implement the provisions of Art. 22 of the Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. This article creates conditions for officials in individual states not only to limit the illegal production of cannabis, but also to prohibit the cultivation of cannabis for industrial and medical purposes. Representatives of the EIHA and other signatories to the Decree call on the United Nations to review and update the text of article 22 of the Single Convention in such a way as to exclude from it provisions concerning the use of cannabis for industrial and medical purposes.
 
Comments of the Association "Ukrainian technical hemp"
 
The number of participants in the 14th EIHA international conference grew from 50 in 2003 to 330 in 2017, and geography to 44 countries. 37 speakers from all over the world focused on the latest technologies and developments in the field of cannabis cultivation, demonstrated new products, demonstrated the dynamics of the hemp market, proposed various strategies for further development of various branches of the industry. Over one hundred bilateral and multilateral meetings between farmers, processors, manufacturers, scientists, and investors were organized during the conference. During the event, several seminars were organized, with the participation of experts from the hemp market from various countries.
 

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