HEMP flower for sale in Turkey

HEMP flower for sale in Turkey


Turkey is rapidly expanding hemp production across the country to make industrial use of it to
improve the country’s ailing economy.

The cultivation of hemp in Turkey were forbidden in recent decades because of the anti-
narcotics regulations. However, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said recently that he
intends to resume and encourage its production for industrial use.

Indeed in Turkish language, hemp and cannabis, the latter from which marijuana is produced,
are the same word “kenevir.”

For decades, Turkey has been struggling to eradicate the outlawed Kurdistan Workers’ Party
(PKK), which is considered a terrorist group heavily involved in drug production and trafficking to
finance its activities.

Turkey, which lies on the route of drug trafficking from the East to European countries, has very
strict legislation for drug use, production and trafficking, and the police are kept on standby for
new drug busts.

Erdogan announced that he wants to expand the legal production of hemp in the country,
stressing that the prohibition of the crop is a conspiracy by Western powers to undermine
Turkish agriculture.

“Enemies of Turkey who pretend to be our friends have forced Turkey to end its hemp/cannabis
production,” he said, referring to its NATO ally the United States, which pressured Turkey to ban
the production of opium poppy in 1971.

Turkey was then a major producer of legal opium, but farmers were known to also produce
considerable amounts of the plant illegally. Turkey even has an Anatolian province called Afyon,
which means “opium” in Turkish, known in earlier generations as a big poppy producer.

Turkish Agriculture and Forestry Minister Bekir Pakdemirli also announced that the government
will take steps to increase hemp production, which is now allowed in only 19 of Turkey’s 81

Hemp originates from central Asia, where the plant has been used for 8,000 years. The region
is also the original homeland of the Turkic people.

The widespread use of industrial hemp indeed makes it a very attractive agricultural product for
many countries, including Turkey.

Hemp is a long-lasting, versatile, recyclable and therefore valuable natural product. In contrast
to the production of synthetic plastics, hemp cultivation does not generate polluting byproducts.

Hemp also cleans the environment of radiation. The oil, derived from hemp seeds, is not only a
valuable source of omega-3 but can also replace classic crude oil now used to produce plastics
and fuel.

“Industrial hemp is really very strategic produce and a miracle crop,” said Erdem Ulas, a hemp
researcher and writer, during an interview on HaberTurk private channel.
Ulas, also head of the ASAM Hemp Institute, a think-tank, said his organization received “more
than 2,000 phone calls from very interested local farmers and investors in Turkey and abroad
after President Erdogan’s remark on hemp production.”

“We can reduce drastically our paper imports. We can make better and cheaper paper. With
hemp fibers, we can also create a big added value for our country,” said Ulas.

The cultivation of hemp is environmentally friendly as it can protect the nature, he added.

In terms of capacity, Turkey produced 5,000 tons of cannabis/hemp in 1961 and only 7 tons in
2018, according to experts..

“Turkey has rediscovered the importance of hemp as a crop for the economy and the
environment,” wrote daily Sabah, claiming that the crop will create thousands of new jobs for the
country and its struggling economy.


Turkey’s Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock recently announced they would allow
highly-controlled and ministry-sanctioned cannabis production in selected provinces.

Turkey’s Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Livestock recently announced they would allow
highly-controlled and ministry-sanctioned cannabis production in selected provinces.

Under the new law, “Hemp Cultivation and Control of Regulations,” growers in 19 of the
country’s 81 provinces will have the opportunity to obtain permission from the Turkish
government to grow cannabis for a three-year period. Growers interested in participating in the
program are required to submit a warrant that proves they have not been previously involved in
the production of illegal cannabis or other narcotics.

The new regulations do not legalize marijuana in Turkey. The possession and purchase of
cannabis continues to be illegal and punishable by up to two years in prison. The sale or supply
of cannabis is punishable by up to 10 years, while the unlicensed production or trafficking of
marijuana is susceptible to a minimum jail term of 10 years. The Turkish government still strictly
condemns recreational use of marijuana.

The 19 Turkish provinces where the new law applies include Amasya, Antalya, Bartın, Burdur,
Çorum, İzmir, Karabük, Kastamonu, Kayseri, Kütahya, Malatya, Ordu, Rize, Samsun, Sinop,
Tokat, Uşak, Yozgat and Zonguldak.

The cultivated cannabis is limited for scientific or medicinal purposes only. The new regulations
require that authorized growers dispose of all parts of the cannabis plant after harvest so that it
isn’t sold to produce psychoactive products. Ministry officials will check cannabis fields on a
monthly basis before the start of the harvest season to monitor for illegal activity. The
regulations also allow the ministry in outstanding cases to grant permission for the growth of
cannabis in provinces other than the listed 19 provided that production is for scientific purposes.