Monthly Archives: October 2015
The Misuse of Drugs Act (Industrial Hemp) Regulations 2006, gave us the green light to start growing iHemp.
The regulations provide a framework that creates and protects our industry.
Only licenced growers can grow iHemp and only iHemp can make hemp products.
This means you can now grow, make and sell hemp products from iHemp – Join the Association and develop your blue print for success in the iHemp industry.
We have a closed loop in New Zealand which protects our ability to develop local and international markets for our hemp products.
Please review the attached information on the legal frame work for iHemp in New Zealand NZHIA Hemp Regulation 2006 Summary.
Being aware of this information reduces the reputation risk associated with the iHemp industry and the word cannabis.
The Misuse of Drugs (Industrial Hemp) Regulations need to be tweaked to make them more workable for the iHemp Industry.
The NZHIA have written to the Director General of Health and the Ministers highlighting our concerns at the work ability of the Regulations. NZHIA Director General Letter 16 September 2015
We have forwarded information to senior officials within the ministry and look forward to working with all stakeholders on a review of the regulations.
The Ministry of Health have responded to the NZHIA and acknowledged the points we have raised:
“I note that you wish to clearly define the difference between industrial hemp cannabis and marijuana cannabis to help increase public understanding of the industrial hemp industry.
“This review would assist with distinguishing between hemp and other forms of cannabis and to prevent default to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 for hemp products that are not covered by the existing Regulations.”
“Currently a review of the regulations is not scheduled but the Ministry will consider your submission for a review”
“Thank you for your information and the offer of your expertise to assist in a review of the Regulations”