It has been revealed by The Times that the Irish Farmers Association has sent communications to the Health Department regarding the development of the CBD, hemp and medicinal cannabis industry in Ireland. The emails are from Fintan Conway, Executive Secretary at Irish Farmers Association to Marie Egan a pharmacist at the health department.
Conway suggests that “Ireland is well-positioned geographically and politically to become a major player in the developing international market for industrial hemp, CBD oil and medicinal cannabis.”
“However, in order for the crop and the industry to realise its full production and economic potential the proper regulation framework needs to be put in place.”
Currently, CBD products with less than 0.2% THC are legal to produce, possess and distribute in Ireland, but Conway suggests that allowing new seed varieties with higher CBD levels would allow farmers to make triple the profits on their crops. Currently only EU approved seed varieties are allowed to be grown in Ireland, these strains produce approximately 3-5% CBD whereas if they were able to import different seed varieties from countries such as the US and Canada, they would be working with up to 15% CBD content.
It seems that Irish farmers are looking to hemp as a new cash crop to revive the rural areas in Ireland. This news comes soon after a story from the Irish independent about the descendant of the original Guinness brewer pushing for more hemp cultivation in Ireland. Here at the hemp shop we’re 100% supportive of our Irish cousins in their mission for a green new future and wish them all the best!