China’s National People’s Congress member Jiao Jialiang (焦家良) proposed to support the development of industrial hemp industry in Kunming Yunnan during the two sessions.
Yunnan province is the first province protected the industrial hemp planting and processing by law. The industry planting scale increased from 15,394 hectares in 2017 to 115,719 hectares in 2018. It is estimated that in 2020, the number will reach 133,000 hectares.
The application of CBD hasn’t been eased, only a few companies are using it as an ingredient in cosmetics. But it is still strictly forbidden in food, additives, supplements and other consumption fields.
The reasons are complex, first China doesn’t have a clear industry policy, authority and regulation. The public security is supervising the industry according to the anti-drug rules. And there hasn’t been enough basic standards for the industry, lack of standards, testing agencies and technical sepcifications, the industry developes slowly.
R&D on seeds needs to be strengthened, the current seed contains low CBD which increases the cost on planting and extracting. The other technologies like harvest machinery and indoor cultivation are still blank spaces. At last, the industry has a serious lack of publicity, even some competent authories take it as dangerous raw materials and hold back the promotion and exportation.
Jiao Jialiang suggests the following:
1. Formulate policies and regulations to promote the legalization of hemp
2. Introduction of testing norms and standards
3. Increase the investment in R&D and attract industry experts
4. Increase the promotion and decrease the public misunderstanding
5. Develope the export market