Sale of hemp tea in Germany leads to probation for store owners

A German court has sentenced the operators of hemp retail shop Hanfbar to several months on probation for selling hemp tea.

The judge ruled that the tea is banned by the Germany Narcotics Law, Braunschweiger Zeitung reported.

Business partners Marcel Kaine and Bardia Hatefi will serve nine and seven months on probation, respectively, for selling hemp flower as tea that had a minimum THC content.

But the THC content alone wasn’t the problem.

The judge interpreted that the sale of unprocessed hemp flowers – even as a tea – violates the Narcotics Law that specifies hemp products cannot be used for intoxicating purposes.

During the trial, experts explained intoxication could be possible despite a very low THC content if the flower is processed into edibles.

The defendants said after the sentencing that they might appeal, according to the newspaper.

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One comment on “Sale of hemp tea in Germany leads to probation for store owners
  1. GFI on

    “experts explained intoxication could be possible despite a very low THC content if the flower is processed into edibles.”
    This is a ridiculous argument by the Prosecution in the trial, and the silly court swallowed it, hook, line and sinker.
    It’s comparable to banning extremely light alcohol-containing beer simply because it can be distilled into pure alcohol. Many random products can be manipulated by some experts explained intoxication could be possible despite a very low THC content if the flower is processed into edibles.“
    This is a silly argument made by the Prosecution in this case. Sillier still, the German court actually swallowed their argument, hook, line, and sinker.
    This is comparable to banning ALL extremely low beer (0.03% ABV) because it can potentially be distilled into a highly concentrated alcoholic beverage.
    Many random legal products can be concentrated to ridiculously high levels by simple processes, and are not banned simply because they have that potential.
    I sincerely hope they appeal this erroneous decision and hire a great chemist as an expert for the Defense to set the Prosecution and Court straight on this point.

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