24 Feb 2020

Hemp growers complain over red tape

From Morning Report, 8:55 am on 24 February 2020

Growers of industrial hemp say red tape is stopping industries from making the most of what many regard as a potential wonder crop.

Hemp lacks the mind-altering power of its close cousin marijuana, but its use is subject to Ministry of Health restrictions.

That hasn't stopped a growing number of farmers wanting to get into the fledgling industry.

RNZ reporter Katie Todd joined about a hundred Christchurch residents travelling to a hemp farm open day in North Canterbury yesterday, to find out why.