“Cannabidiol may serve as an effective treatment for devastating psychiatric disorders including schizophrenia, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder,” stated Laviolette. “In addition, emerging evidence is revealing potential benefits of cannabidiol for the treatment of epilepsy.”
Shukla said farmers in the U.S. can harvest other parts of the hemp plant which puts the Canadian insutry at a disadvantage.
“What’s really quite frustrating is that Canada has been the leader in hemp production for the past 15 years,” Shukla said. “It’s a market advantage that we have but we are very close to losing that advantage because of these antiquated regulations under which we operate.”
The group has requested “immediate action from the Liberal government.”