The cultivation of industrial hemp is strictly regulated by both the French Public Health Code and European legislation. In France, only the seed production and marketing cooperative HEMP-it is authorized to issue industrial hemp seed, and only varieties with a THC content of less than 0.3% are authorized for cultivation. To date, 79 hemp varieties are authorized in Europe, of which only 21 are approved by the French authorities. The HEMP-it catalog contains 17 varieties that can be multiplied, certified and registered in the European catalog.
Ruling of December 30, 2021 implementing article R. 5132-86 of the public health code, available on the website

The regulatory framework
According to the Decree of December 30, 2021 implementing Article R. 5132-86 of the Public Health Code:
Only active farmers within the meaning of current European and national regulations may grow hemp flowers and leaves (Only farmers registered with the MSA may do so on French territory).
Only varieties with a THC content of less than 0.30% and registered in the Common Catalogue of Varieties of Agricultural Plant Species or the Official Catalogue of Plant Species and Varieties may be grown in France (certified).

Any grower who does not have a contract with an approved processor will have to go to his local gendarmerie and provide a copy of the invoice for the seeds, a copy of each of the red certificates affixed to each of the bags, and a small letter locating his crop and the purpose for which it is grown.

Arrêté du 21 Février 2008

Arrêté du 15 Décembre 2016

Article R5132-86 du Code de la Santé Publique 

Arrêté du 30 décembre 2021