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Sainsbury’s Now Stocking Legal Cannabis Products As UK Policy Looks Increasingly Shambolic.

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In another demonstration of how fast attitudes are changing, Love Hemp water containing soluble CBD cannabis extract is now on sale in a number of Sainsbury’s stores.

This is a remarkable achievement by the team at Love Hemp who are remaining tight lipped about the terms of the deal.  A store manager told me that the product is on test in about 100 stores.

Cannabis prohibition is crumbling and the Home Office seems increasingly our of touch with reality with its futile attempts to enforce a policy which nobody is taking any notice of.  The real effect of the medical reforms should become clear within the next few weeks.  The expert panel process has been revealed as little more than a farce.  We still have an outstanding FOI Request on the issue but interim responses seem to confirm that not a single member of the panel, so-called ‘experts’ has any knowledge, experience or expertise in the use of cannabis as medicine.

We await the definition of a cannabis-based product which will determine which products will be re-scheduled and also a decision on who may prescribe.  Initial overtures from the MHRA to both CLEAR and the CTA to consult on these issues have come to nothing. It seems that little if anything has been achieved over the summer break.

Home Office licensing policy is also looking increasingly ridiculous.  It is refusing any licence application for low THC cultivation where any mention of CBD is made, while every other EU country is striding ahead and British CBD suppliers are having to import all their oil, which they do without any difficulty uner EU free movement rules.

A twist which reveals the absurdity of Home Office policy is that Love Hemp water, which is entirely THC free, is not the first cannabis product that Sainsbury’s has stocked.  For many years it has been stocking Good Hemp hempseed oil.  Recent lab tests have revealed that THC levels in Good Hemp oil exceed the 1mg limit in each bottle, meaning that it cannot be regarded as exempt under the Misuse of Drugs Regulations. In reality then Sainsbury’s is selling a product that is legally classified as a class B drug.

Written by Peter Reynolds

August 31, 2018 at 10:52 am

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  1. Protectionism of business not the public is really what’s going on here! And a whitewash in regards to that panel of “experts” sounds like parliament practice! Even if they were experts in cannabis as medicine, the government were ignore any advice! Same oi same oi!

    Stephen Brophy

    August 31, 2018 at 11:22 am

  2. “In reality then Sainsbury’s is selling a product that is legally classified as a class B drug.”
    And as such the product is illegal according to the missuse of drugs act 1971.
    Sainsburys employees are in a delicate spot here, ignorance in not defence in the eyes of the law, they are supplying a class B substance to the public, I wonder if they are selling to kids because they think its legal simply because its on the shelf in Sainsburys so it must be legal.
    Who woulda thunk it Sainsburys exposing their work force to a situation where they could face serious criminal charges for selling controlled substances to the public.
    Last week I noticed the adverts for CBD products in the Daily Mail and Sunday Mail and in both newspapers the adverts quoted 0.2% THC and in one they actually stated the product met legal UK requirements.
    Things are a mess, the transition out of prohibition will not be smooth it will get a lot worse before it gets better thats for sure, a lot of people are just jumping on a band wagon selling these products whatever quality just to make a few dirty sheckles.


    August 31, 2018 at 6:39 pm

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