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Portuguese hemp cooperative LUSICANNA has issued a blistering report more than governmental chaos that forced farmers to cancel their hemp crops this year. 

The report information a bureaucratic meltdown blow-by-blow, and was accompanied by outcomes of a survey amongst 29 smaller farmers who expressed overwhelming dissatisfaction with the government’s handling of 2019 hemp licensing.

Interpreting issues

Noting, “at this point the circumstance is open to interpretation,” LUSICANNA recommended “a benign” explanation for government inaction “would be that the Secretary of State of Agriculture, Luís Medeiros Vieira, was sick for two months for the duration of the spring.” LUSICANNA mentioned basic government incompetence at Portugal’s Ministry of Agriculture could be a contributing issue in such a situation. 

“None of that would excuse their condescending behavior towards the hemp farmers and their plight,” LUSICANNA mentioned, “but it would at least be understandable.”

Nevertheless, the group also hinted at a additional nefarious situation: “Since health-related cannabis providers have been heavily favored by the Portuguese government, it is feasible that they managed to influence the bureaucracy to block hemp.”

Quite unhappy farmers

The dilemma began for hemp farmers in Portugal when the Ministry of Agriculture issued a clarification in January 2019 producing all hemp associated authorizations topic to critique by INFARMED, the Portuguese Well being Regulator that has authority more than pharmaceutical merchandise and controlled substances.

All 29 smaller hemp farmers surveyed by LUSICANNA mentioned the government is not producing guidelines for hemp clear, and is providing them practically no assistance in their efforts to farm the crop. The median farm represented in the survey was two hectares (about five acres).

All mentioned “no” when asked if the government clearly communicated the guidelines relevant to the 2019 developing season.” They also unanimously answered “no” when asked if the government supports the efforts of hemp farmers typically.

Assistance for legal action

Seventy-seven % of respondents mentioned they would participate in a lawsuit more than lost enterprise in 2019, according to the LUSICANNA survey. 

Lusicanna mentioned legal counsel has advised such a lawsuit would have superior probabilities at the EU level.

This year’s failed crop indicates losses of €30,000 per hectare, LUSICANNA estimated, and inhibits enterprise improvement amongst smaller farmers. The chaos also holds back hemp study, and damages Portugal’s international reputation in the market, the group also noted.

“Whether the hemp firms right here in Portugal can catch up with the speedy market place developments if provided authorization in 2020 remains an open query, as investors’ doubts mount for apparent motives,” LUSICANNA mentioned.