Italy’s Agriculture Ministry has included hemp flower for “extraction uses” on an official list of agricultural products for medicinal purposes.
The change signals the possibility of increased market opportunities in Italy for growing hemp for cannabinoid extraction, despite uncertainty about how the plant is treated elsewhere in Europe.
The listing came in a decree approved by Agriculture Minister Teresa Bellanova and published in the official gazette in August. Hemp flower – “canapa infiorescenza” – was listed under “medicinal plants” in a table of agricultural products.
The table provides maximum unit prices that can be used for determining the products’ insurable values. According to Giacomo Bulleri, an attorney on the board of the Italian hemp association Federcanapa, the inclusion of hemp flower on the list suggests the entire plant is one step closer to being recognized as an agricultural product.