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NZHIA Press Release 8 Nov 2018

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Press release 8 November 2018

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New Zealand Hemp Industries Association (NZHIA)  PRESS RELEASE
(8 November 2018) start:

Hemp seed food products now legal in New Zealand

A small yet significant victory occurred on Tuesday as Government announced formal regulatory changes, which will mean that hemp seed products will be legal for sale and consumption as from 12 November 2018.

This change in legislation means that in addition to hemp seed oil (which has been legal since 2003) items such as de-hulled hemp seed, hemp seed protein powder, hemp seed beverages and hemp seed snack bars will now all be able to be legally sold for human consumption in New Zealand.

This change in hemp seed food legislation follows on from changes that Trans – Tasman Food Ministers agreed to be made to the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code on 28 April 2017. Australia has been legally selling their hemp food items since November last year.

Announcing the legislation change, Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor acknowledged that the NZ industrial hemp (iHemp) industry has been campaigning for this amendment to happen for decades. He also made reference to the potential for the iHemp industry to be significantly beneficial to New Zealand’s rural economies and communities in terms of generating revenue and jobs.

Despite this good news however, hemp flowers and hemp leaves, even those strains with effectively zero levels of the psycho active component THC, will remain illegal in New Zealand food: This continued restriction is frustrating for those who want the high value nutrition of the whole plant to be made available to New Zealanders for dietary and medical benefits.

Additionally, the possession and trade of whole hemp seeds will still require a license, and all new hemp seed food items will not be permitted to feature the word cannabis or to show the cannabis leaf on packaging.

In response to the announcement Richard Barge of NZHIA said: “Whilst we welcome any progress that helps the iHemp industry, if the hemp seed is indeed to be traded now as  ‘any other edible seed’, the restrictions still in place will continue to be a source of postponing the full flourishing of the iHemp industry in New Zealand.

“We wait to see how the imminent order in council by the Ministry Of Primary Industries will effect the Industrial Hemp Regulations 2006.

“Is the New Zealand government serious about helping our rural economies?”

Press release end.
For further Information on this press release from NZHIA please contact: 
Richard Barge NZHIA Deputy Chair – 021 706 690
Mack McIntosh NZHIA Chair – 03 415 8888

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Public Newsletter Sept to October 2018

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NZ Hemp Industries Association Inc, 1997
Promoting the Economic, Environmental, Health & Social Benefits of a New Zealand Hemp Industry

Public Newsletter for September and October 2018

In this issue:

Hemp seed food will be legal on 12 November 2018

The Government has changed the rules around hemp seed so that it’s treated as just another food – a move which aims to “stimulate regional economies”.

“The Misuse of Drugs (Industrial Hemp) Regulations 2006 and the Food Regulations 2015 will be amended to allow the sale of hemp seed as food”, Food Safety Minister Damien O’Connor said on Tuesday.

He said the move is “great news for the hemp industry, which has argued for decades that the production of hemp seed foods will stimulate regional economies, create jobs and generate $10-20 million of export revenue within 3 to 5 years”.

More information available at:

The second issue of the “New” look NZHIA public  magazine is out now

Public Newsletter – October 2018

Public Newsletter – September 2018  

Issue # 2 – NZHIA magazine

 Recent iHemp – New Zealand press articles

6 Nov 2018 – Newshub – Government declares hemp seed “safe to eat”
30 Oct 2018 – NZ Herald – Kiwi TV Star Mark Dye launches cannabis company
29 Oct 2018 – NZ Herald – Kiwi Cannabis start-up Zeacannn calls in PwC to help raise $20 million in funding
30 Oct 2018 – Idealog – Changing the game: The Hemp store’s Chris Fowlie launches Zeacann to democratise access to medicinal cannabis’
23 Oct 2018 – NZ Hearld – Kiwi company poised to become NZX’s first listed medicinal cannabis play (Cannasouth)
10 Oct 2018 – Verve – King of Cannabis Cuisine
15 Oct 2018 – NZ Herald – Health Ministry works to mid-2020 date to legalise medicinal cannabis
9 Oct 2018 – NZ Herald – inside Helius Therapeutics cannabis-manufacturing lab in East Tamaki
28 Sep 2018 – TVNZ – Breakfast “Healthy, but not high” – Could cannabis be the next ‘it’ food?
07 Sep 2018 –  Stuff – iHemp advocates want the whole of the moon – not just hemp seed
19 Aug 2018 – NZ Herald – Hemp protein cookies on menu once laws change
18 Aug 2018 – NZ Herald Business – The interview: Cookie time founder Michael Mayell bets on a future of hemp
24 Jul 2018 – TVNZ – Breakfast – Acting PM Winston Peters refuses to say if he agrees with legalising cannabis – it doesn’t matter what i support
20 Jul 2018 – NZ Herald Lifestyle – Auckland Food News and hemp seed recipes

International Events

16-17 October 2018  – 8th International Hemp Building Symposium, Brussels, Belgium

2-5 November 2018 – 25 HIA Annual Conference, Los Angeles

20-22 November 2018  – CHTA National Convention, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Hemp is everywhere – Vimeo, iHemp Summit July 2018 promotional video.  Visit the hempsummit.nz

Join the NZHIA for more information and support for your hemp enterprise, together we stand!

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Public Newsletter July to August 2018

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Promoting the Economic, Environmental, Health & Social Benefits of a New Zealand Hemp Industry

Public Newsletter for July and August 2018

In this issue:

  • The “New” look NZHIA Public Newsletter – Sept 2018

  • The Ministry of Health and the iHemp Regulations

  • Events and iHemp Press Articles

The “New” look NZHIA Public Newsletter – September 2018  

Building on the momentum created at the July 2018 iHemp Summit, the NZHIA is pleased to announce our new and upgraded Public Newsetter.

As the iHemp industry gains credibility, the NZHIA is keepng up.  We are becoming more professional and the new and enthusiastic NZHIA Executive are taking it to the next level

Expect some great things coming from the industry and the Association this season.

MOH and interpreting the regulations

The NZHIA Executive have began a series of meetings with Medicines Control senior officials to ensure the enabling regulations are working as the working group anticipated they would.

The inter-agency working group was convened when the government lifted the moratorium on talking about hemp cannabis in 2000.  This followed the publication of a number of papers on the subject.  And the NZHIA booklet –5 Minute Guide to Industrial Hemp in 1998 a copy of which was given to all MP’s.

The working group involved all the agencies, MOH, MAF, Customs, Police, Justice, Te Puni Kokiri and the NZHIA were there representing industry.
All the potential end uses of hemp were discussed and as “Industrial Hemp” by definition does not contain any noticeable amounts of THC, it was not considered a problem and was to be treated as an arable crop grown under licence  issued by the MOH

Our regulations were then drafted to accommodate this diversity of end use and were purposefully general in the concept that only “industrial hemp” grown under licence could be used to produce “hemp products” for sale.

Our regulations are fit for purpose and are world class, and as Dr Jessamine acknowledged at the iHemp Summit, it is a matter of interpretation.

We look forward to working with the MOH we encourage them to respect the intent of the iHemp Regulations and enable a New Zealand iHemp industry and let us realise the potentially massive and wide ranging economic opportunity for New Zealand, especially in the regions where it is needed.


IHemp Summit – 5 July 2018

Hemp is everywhere – Vimeo, ihemp summit promotional video 

Recent iHemp – New Zealand press articles

18 Sept 2018 – Idealog – The future of Farming? How sowing hemp seeds can help our economy and our environment.
19 Aug 2018 – TV One Country Calendar – Super Seeds
12 Jul 2018 – TV One News “This is a huge opportunity” – high nutrient hemp seeds could soon be legal for Kiwis to eat
9 Jul 2018  – Hemp champions move industry a step closer
9 Jul 2018 – NBR – Value-added cannabis crop needed to compete with overseas producers
6 Jul 2018  – NBR – Missed economic opportunities if hemp industry isn’t allowed to flourish, experts say
5 Jul 2018 – Hemp is a formidable vegetable
29 Jun 2018 –  Ministry of Health accused of ignoring evidence of cannabis benefits
10 Jun 2018 – The Kiwi scientists who don’t advertise what they grow  – and where they grow it
Idealog – Green Rush a new series on the emerging cannabis industry

International Events

2 – 5 November 2018 – 25 HIA Annual Conference, Los Angeles

16-17 October 2018  – 8th International Hemp Building Symposium, Brussels, Belgium

Join the NZHIA for more information and support for your hemp enterprise, together we stand!

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