That said, there are some exemptions. For instance, since 2017, it has been lawful under certain conditions to cultivate, sell, and/or keep Cannabis sativa L. for medical, veterinary, educational, and/or scientific research purposes. The procedures and conditions for obtaining such licenses are not clearly specified, however, and in practice the Slovenian Ministry of Health has so far only issued a very limited number.
The situation is different when it comes to cosmetic products containing CBD. Regulation (EC) No. 1223/2009 prohibits the use in cosmetic products of natural and synthetic narcotics, i.e., all substances listed in Tables I and II of the Single Convention of Narcotic Drugs (1961). Table I lists cannabis, cannabis resin, and extracts and tinctures of cannabis, meaning that these ingredients are prohibited from use in cosmetic products. According to the Slovenian Ministry of Health, because CBD itself is not listed in the Convention, synthetic CBD and CBD that is not obtained from those parts of the plant listed in Table I may still be used in cosmetic products.
Such an assessment is all the more important given that extracts from Cannabis sativa L. may contain up to 1000 times the CBD concentration of that naturally present in industrial hemp and such extracts may be acquired by way of a process that has not yet been confirmed to be safe.
CBD products are the latest consumer fad, and demand and supply has significantly increased all over the world. The market for CBD products is projected to keep growing, and according to some estimates, the European CBD market should be worth some EUR 1.5 billion by 2023. Despite such rapid development and expansion, placing CBD products on the Slovenian market remains somewhat of a legal grey area.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia, July 12, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Kaneh Bosm BioTechnolgy Inc.(CSE:KBB) (“Kaneh Bosm” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement (the “Agreement”) to acquire 100% of Farmakem Ltd. (“Farmakem”).
Farmakem is a revenue generating, licensed, medical cannabis company based in Slovenia. Its focus is on research and development (“R&D”), production, supply, distribution and commercialisation of active pharmaceutical ingredients, medical devices and food supplements within the medical cannabis/hemp industry.
Although growing cannabis with high levels of THC is illegal, it isn’t illegal to obtain seeds that grow high-THC plants. Any type of seed can be legally purchased and mailed to Slovenia from another country; it’s what you intend to do with those seeds that matters in the eyes of the law.
If a farmer wishes to grow low-THC cannabis on land that’s larger than 0.1 hectares, they must obtain a licence from the government. Growing cannabis with high levels of THC is illegal.
Industrial hemp in Slovenia
Cannabis social clubs are often controversial. Some argue that they don’t operate within the law and should be shut down. But technically this isn’t the case in Slovenia, as long as the cannabis grown is distributed equally for personal use.
It’s illegal to possess cannabis in Slovenia. However, personal use of cannabis has been decriminalised. The Production and Trade in Illicit Drugs Act defines this ‘personal use’ as a small quantity for individual use, or a small quantity for those who have opted for medical treatment, or as part of a health / social programme.
Can cannabis seeds be sent to Slovenia?
Those caught producing cannabis for sale, or selling it to others, may be given a prison sentence of one to 10 years. This may be extended to three to 15 years if there are aggravating circumstances, such as when vulnerable people were involved or in particular locations.