Sweden's Hemp-Derived CBD Market Under Threat Following Supreme Court Ruling
CBD from industrial hemp that contains any trace of THC, however small, is a controlled drug, Sweden's Supreme Court has ruled. The country has moved to close a legal loophole that was being taken advantage of by retailers to avoid prosecution for selling CBD oils as supplements.
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