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2019.07.11 11:00

Lithuania to legalize wider use of hemp products

Erika Alonderytė, BNS2019.07.11 11:00

Lithuanian government has on Wednesday backed amendments to legalize the full use of hemp plant for produce. The amendment under consideration by the Lithuanian parliament, Seimas, would lift the existing restriction to grow it only for fiber, seeds and gardening.

According to the Agriculture Minister Giedrius Surplys, producers will be able to use hemp for "food, [animal] feed, and even car parts".

Processing the whole hemp plant will allow this sector to generate considerable revenue for Lithuania's economy, according to Surplys, with hemp growers estimating that their earning from one hectare could range from 300 to 4,100 euros.

Lithuania has previously legalised hemp produce in bread, flour, or beer. However, hemp oil is stil banned.