Canada blocks hemp imports

Canada Customs has been blocking hemp products coming across the border from the US. Since July 2000, hemp cosmetic products produced by Dr Bronner’s Magic Soaps, Merry Hempsters and Sun Dog have all been refused entry into Canada and shipped back to their manufacturers.
Although the products use hemp oil originally produced and tested for THC in Canada, Canadian authorities claim that all hemp product imports must be tested for THC levels by a “competent laboratory in the country of origin.” Yet there is no official protocol for testing finished products like soaps and shampoos, only for testing the raw oil.

David Bronner of Dr Bronner’s Magic Soaps told Cannabis Culture that he had sent numerous shipments into Canada before Customs decided to block his products. Bronner complained “we cannot use the analysis done on the hemp oil itself by our suppliers, nor can we use a Canadian laboratory to do the analysis on our soaps. The industrial hemp lobby should pressure Ontario to accept the hemp oil analysis as adequate, as the finished product into which it is incorporated cannot possibly have a higher THC content.”

Dr Bronner’s Magic Soaps was one of the companies left without hemp seed oil when US Customs was interfering with Canadian hemp exports in 1999.

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