Aude – the ban on the sale of CBD flowers worries traders

CBD traders from Aude fear the decree implementing the decree published on December 31, 2021. This prohibits the sale of leaves and flowers of cannabidiol, the light cousin of cannabis, in these stores.

Purple Haze, Booba Kush, Sunset, Amnesia … These are not the latest trendy albums. But varieties of cannabidiol (known as CBD) that can be found in stores everywhere in France. And of course, in Aude. This molecule contained in hemp has relaxing, but not psychotropic, virtues. In short, CBD is a bestseller and has experienced a real boom in recent years. A flowering boosted by the decision of the European Court of Justice which decided, at the end of 2020, that it was illegal to ban in France the CBD authorized in several other States of the Union in the name of the free movement of merchandise. Only here, last December 31, in all discretion, a decree published in the Official Journal prohibits the sale to consumers of raw CBD flowers or leaves, thus assimilating it to a narcotic. A concern for the Aude traders who still have good hopes of obtaining the suspension, or even the cancellation, of this decision.

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Smell, color, texture … CBD strongly resembles cannabis. The psychotropic effects in less.

In Narbonne, the CBD Natural franchise has outright been forced to suspend the sale of CBD flowers until further notice. “It’s unanimous, everyone thinks it’s a big mistake, especially since we did not feel it coming. 80% of our customers did not expect it“Says Guillaume, responsible for this store opened a little over a year ago. As a result, its turnover is already feeling it, without there being any danger in the remainder.”It is sure that it is a loss, even if it does not represent the majority of our sales either. If there is a lack, we don’t feel it that much. We are not yet in the process of giving up shop.”

We haven’t said our last word

In the Carcassonne store Le Cannapeace CBD, you can find everything. Infusions, cosmetics, oils, liquid for vaping, cakes, sweets … various and varied products based on cannabidiol. But for the couple of managers Lisa Perronnet and Antoine Therle, the bulk of the sale concerns the raw flower. “Our clients are between 25 and 80 years old. Some come to quit smoking cannabis. Others for sleep problems, anxiety, pain …”, specifies the shopkeeper whose sign was born last June.

The regulations are clear: CBB cannot contain a THC level higher than 0.2%.

The regulations are clear: CBB cannot contain a THC level higher than 0.2%.

On its counter, prominently, a poster with a QR code invites customers to sign a petition launched by the Union of Cannabidiol Professionals. “All together for CBD in France! Sign the petition against the decree banning the sale, consumption and possession of CBD flowers”, can we read on it.

We were about to open a new store this month

“We were about to open a new store this month but we prefer to wait and see how things evolve. Sure that’s a little scary … We might risk more control. But we have not said our last word. As European laws prevail over French laws, in any case, if we were to withdraw the goods, behind, in court, we would inevitably win the cases. Europe is open to CBD but not France, it’s annoying. In any case, there has always been a legal vagueness around our profession in the country. We are impatiently awaiting Friday “, lance Lisa Peronnet.

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Because nothing is played. The Union of CBD Professionals has filed an appeal with European justice. It will be examined this Friday, January 14. That same day, the Council of State must also rule on an interim relief filed by the profession relating in particular to the violation of the freedom to undertake. Case to follow.

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