Countryfile was back this evening as it featured various segments from Fife, in Scotland. As Charlotte Smith went to meet some producers of hemp, it was clear there were some issues surrounding the production of the plant. Viewers were quick to react to the segment, labelling the restrictions placed on farmers as “ridiculous”.
Presenter Charlotte Smith was on hand to give viewers an overview of the industry in the UK, as she shared with viewers how current laws are preventing farmers from cashing in on the crops.
She then stated that there was “red tape” that was preventing UK farmers from cashing in on part of the plant.
The legality surrounding the production of cannabis in the UK is something that Countryfile has explored before, as Charlotte went to look at the issues the farmers were facing with the plant.
Today, she informed viewers about CBD oil, which is legal in the UK, and often used by consumers in an attempt to help with things such as chronic pain.
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Countryfile: Charlotte Smith was on hand to explore the issues surrounding the legalities of cannabis (Image: BBC)
“This [CBD oil] has become a multi million pound industry, but we’ve discovered that red tape is preventing British farmers from getting involved,” she noted.
After talking to one guest, Sharon, who had medicated her joint pain with CBD oil, Charlotte reassured viewers.
“I suspect I know what you might be thinking, but let’s be absolutely clear, no one in there is getting high, CBD oil has almost no THC in it and THC is the psychoactive drug normally associated with cannabis.”
She then travelled to a “secret location in Somerset” which is legally growing cannabis plants.