LUXEMBOURG (CN) — CBD is not a narcotic, the EU’s high court ruled Thursday, finding a French ban on the hemp plant extract illegal.
The decision from the Court of Justice of the European Union could lay the legal groundwork for a legal market for CBD, short for cannabidiol, in the 27-member political and economic union.
“The CBD at issue in the main proceedings does not appear to have any psychotropic effect or any harmful effect on human health on the basis of available scientific data,” the five-judge panel wrote.
The court was asked to determine if a French law banning the import and marketing of CBD, grown legally in other EU countries, violated regulations guaranteeing a single European market. The European Single Market, the foundation of the EU, guarantees that goods, capital, labor, and services can move between any of the member countries without restrictions. But there is an exception for narcotic drugs.
Sébastien Béguerie and Antonin Cohen-Adad, identified in court documents as B.S. and C.A., launched their cannabis e-cigarette company Kanavape in 2014. To produce the first electronic cigarette with CBD, they imported organic hemp plants processed in the Czech Republic to France, where their startup was based.