26 June 1998
EU cracks down on cannabis farmers

EUROPEAN UNION farm ministers have launched a clampdown on hemp “premium hunters” and the growing of “recreational” cannabis. The rate will be down by 7.5% – the same reduction as last year, taking aid down to 663ecu/ha (£449/ha)

New rules are also designed to prevent the money going to people growing hemp for “recreational” purposes (hemp being a variety of cannabis).

Farmers claiming aid will now have to have a compulsory contract with a processor and will only be allowed to grow varieties with content of tetrahydrocannabinol – the active ingredient in the soft drug – of up to 0.3%