Hemp Bud Sellers Face Prison In Germany

Owners of a German hemp shop are facing prison time for selling hemp flower ‘tea’. 

According to the public prosecutor’s office, the sale of hemp flower is illegal regardless of how much THC it contains. 

Marcel Kaine and Bardia Hatefi, who run Hanfbar, are facing prison sentences of up to three years, according to the local press.

The pair are seeking an acquittal, however, based on the fact that hemp tea is widely sold throughout the country. 

Offering a wide range of CBD-contaning products and an on-site vegan cafe, Hanfbar has been in business since 2017. It touts hemp as “the key to a sustainable and conscious lifestyle.”

‘Intoxicating purposes’

According to Hemp Industry Daily, prosecutors say the hemp tea is banned under the German Narcotics Law. 

This latest legal case comes after a court confirmed that German authorities consider CBD products either a prescription medicine or novel food.

Therefore, selling CBD products with no THC content could land retailers in trouble if they have not received novel food authorisation. 

That’s not why Hanfbar are in trouble, however, The case is down to prosecutors saying the teas could be used for ‘intoxicating purposes.’

The trial saw two experts testify that even small amounts of THC can cause intoxication, also stating that the tea could be processed into edibles.


Apparently, the shop had been raided by police several times and the owners had failed to take on board the authority demands to stop selling hemp flower tea.

Read: The 10 Best CBD Hemp Flower Shops In The UK

It’s also suggested that Hanfbar “deceived” its customers about the l;egality of hemp flower teas, according to the prosecutor.

In defence, Kaine’s attorney asked: “Why are the big players in the industry not being investigated and treated with the same logic? How does that fit together?”

The trial continues on January 28, when a ruling will be issued by a regional court.

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2 Comments on “Hemp Bud Sellers Face Prison In Germany”

  1. hey Jack, the hemp cbd buds law in the UK was ended when we lawfully exited the EU last March.
    We stopped selling buds then.
    These guys will quote the french growers who 3 times won in court aginst the french government for a similar case a couple of years ago.
    All hemp on the EU official list is allowed to any citizen of the EU, they are also allowed to cultivate the seeds without prosecution.
    as i say the french government lost the same case 3 times in the EU court.
    This seems to show that all governments, whatever their politics, cant be trusted and just act for big pharma…or the mafia in the case of thr Italians…amounts to the same thing.

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