Ireland’s Prohibitionist Approach To Hemp And CBD Exposes It To Punitive Sanctions From The EU

December 15, 2022 from BusinessCann

A HIGH Court decision to ignore the ground-breaking KanaVape case could expose the Irish Government to financial penalties and the threat of further sanctions from the European Commission.

Last month the High Court ruled that CBD products containing THC are illegal in Ireland – in direct conflict with the November 2020 KanaVape ruling of the European Court of Justice (ECJ).

The case in question involved Andrius Bogusas, of Dundalk, whose CBD oils from Slovenia were seized by Customs in October 2020, on the basis they were prohibited by national legislation.

The defendant argued they could be imported under European Union (EU) law as established in the KanaVape case, however, in his High Court judgment, Mr Justice Alexander Owens ruled that they are illegal as they contain THC.

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