Regulations are impeding the growth of the hemp industry, says the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance.
As part of Health Canada’s current review of hemp regulations, the industry association is calling on the federal government to deregulate the production, processing and export of industrial hemp.
“We’re looking for some significant changes. The biggest change is we’re looking for hemp to be moved out from the auspices of Health Canada to Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada,” explains CHTA executive director Kim Shukla, who lives near Steinbach.
Unlike marijuana, industrial hemp contains little or no tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), but hemp production in Canada is still managed by Health Canada’s Office of Controlled Substances.
Shukla says Health Canada’s permitting and testing requirements are holding the industry back, which is why they want it to be treated like other mainstream crops under Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada.
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