Keith Nuthall
THE EUROPEAN Court of Justice has ruled that by allowing hemp fibre crops to be harvested before its seeds are fully mature, (enabling the them to produce cannabis), the Netherlands government broke European Union subsidy rules, which are strict on the age of hemp that attracts Brussels subsidies. The European Commission had been trying to force the Dutch to halve an aid claim by NLG 117 277, a move opposed by the Netherlands in the ECJ.

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