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Government potty over hemp farming

The government’s bureaucratic inefficiency has created a row over the legality of growing industrial cannabis – hemp – as two local farmers have already planted the seed, allowed under EU law but in violation of national legislation, and applied for a government subsidy.

Despite hemp being a harmless variety of the cannabis plant, containing negligible amounts of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), Cyprus law forbids the cultivation of any and all forms of cannabis. This, however, contradicts EU legislation, which allows the cultivation of both hemp and medical marijuana, provided they are used for legitimate commercial purposes.

But as EU legislation overrides member states’ national law, two Cypriot farmers planted a total of four donums, and applied for the government subsidy EU law entitles them to.  [Read More…]

Rob Meagher

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Rob Meagher, CBE’s Founder, President and Editor-in-Chief is a 30 year veteran of the media world. His career has spanned from stints representing the Washington Post, USA Weekend, Reader’s Digest, Financial World & Corporate Finance to the technology world where he worked at International Data Group and Ziff Davis where he was part of the launch team for The Web Magazine, Yahoo Internet Life, Smart Business and Expedia Travels before starting his own marketing and Publisher’s Representative Firm. He also ran all print and online media sales and marketing for the Society for Human Resource Management before partnering with Forbes and then Fortune to create Special Sections covering a variety of topics. Rob, who started CBE Press in 2014, can be contacted at [email protected]

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