10 Feb 2017

What's next for hemp?

From Nine To Noon, 9:25 am on 10 February 2017

With the path being eased on patients getting access to medical cannabis prescriptions here, what is the story with hemp? Currently hemp is grown here under strict licensing and only its plant fibre can be used for textiles or building material, but its highly nutritious seeds are banned from being de-shelled and made into food. This could change in April when the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation will decide to accept or reject a Standard that would allow hemp to be sold as food. Dave Jordan is behind The Hemp Farm in the Waikato where he and his wife Anne are licensed to grow hemp.