Australia: Hemp Production Now Legal in New South Wales

American hemp consumers still can't grow their own, but as of this week, they now have one more choice of where to import it from. The state government of New South Wales, Australia's most populous state, Wednesday approved large-scale hemp farming and is set to begin considering license applications under the new plan.

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hemp plants (Luke Zigovitz for votehemp.com)
Hemp, the lanky, minimal-THC cousin to recreational marijuana, produces oils used in foods and balms, as well as fibers that are used in in clothing, cosmetics, livestock and animal feeds, and building materials, among other things. The US DEA considers hemp to be marijuana and bars its cultivation to the US, although due to a federal appeals court ruling, it has been blocked in its efforts to ban hemp imports or the sale of hemp products here.

Hemp is also environmentally friendly. It requires little water and grows quickly. In the US Midwest, feral hemp plants grow in abundance more than 60 years after fields were planted during World War II's "Hemp For Victory" campaign and then destroyed after the war.

"Industrial hemp has the potential to provide farmers with a much-needed additional fast-growing summer crop option that can be used in rotation with winter grain crops," said the Minister for Primary Industries, Ian Macdonald, in remarks reported by the Sydney Morning Herald. "It's a potentially lucrative industry due to its environmentally friendly nature."

Under the Hemp Industry Act regulations, farmers must be licensed, fields must be audited and regularly inspected, and police must test the crop to ensure that it has insignificant THC levels.

Some 200 people have contacted the Department of Primary Industries to inquire about growing hemp, the Morning Herald reported.

Australia will now join Canada, China, and a number of European countries as hemp producers. The US will continue to import the hemp it consumes. Tough luck, American farmers.

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Hemp legalisation

Great to hear this - partly as I have shares in EcoFibres,
an Australian hemp company, but more as it is part of my desire to see hemp cultivated widely.
Will blog on this, check out www.hempforvictory.blogspot.com

E Jenkins

So, the governemnt can accept it an an import and PAY for it (wasteful spending Obama!!!) instead of letting its own farmers grow it...that's a DEFINITE success story of the Drug War!

Industrial Hemp

You need a licence to grow industrial hemp. It has almost no psycho active ingredient (THC) and the seed contains protein and oil in very significant quantities. Please find more information about Cannabis and prohibition at the Nimbin HEMP Embassy web site at; http://www.hempembassy.net

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Rally for Cannabis law reform.

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Legalized drug

They just legalized the culture of a soft drug. This is quite a bold move for this Australian region.

Legalized Drug

"The just legalized the culture of a soft drug.

1. No proof was left for that remark.
2. Knowledge of grammar school arithmetic would enable you to see there isn't enough THC in industrial hemp to be any kind of a drug.

Invention

I have developed an easy economical and truly ecologically friendly method for cottonization of hemp fiber. i would like to scale up the process for large application.Interested parties willing

to collaborate may contact me

email : ghosh_bs@yahoo.co.in

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