“VOTONI KËRPIN” is a campaign created by the National Albanian Hemp Industry Association for amending the Law nr. 7975, date 26.7.1995 “On Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances” to allow the redevelopment of Albanian hemp industry for:
- Increasing agriculture employment and exports.
- Creating rural development opportunities.
- Reducing illegal cannabis cultivation.
The current Albanian legislation defines as a industrial hemp that is any plant of the genus Cannabis Sativa which contains up to 0.1% Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC).
This law limits cultivation of hemp only for harvesting seed and fiber. Also, this legislation prohibits the cultivation of this plant’s flowers, which contain many non-psychoactive cannabinoids, such as Cannabidiol (CBD) and Cannabigerol (CBG).
European Union (EU) legislation on agricultural subsidies defines industrial hemp as an approved cannabis hybrid (Cannabis Sativa L) containing up to 0.3% THC. However, Italy allows up to 0.6% THC and the Czech Republic up to 1% THC. Switzerland allows the THC level at 1%. The United States and Canada allow up to 0.3% THC.
If the law changes, then Albania will be allowed to enter the international hemp market. A market which is projected to grow from $4.6 billion in 2019 to $26.6 billion by 2025.
Throughout Albania’s history, the hemp is mainly cultivated for textiles and for the production of ropes. In the Albanian market, it has been operating for several years, only a commercial entity called American-Alb Hemp Company (AAHC), which is creating the market and the culture of industrial hemp in Albania.
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