Promoting the Economic, Environmental, Health and Social Benefits of a NZ Hemp Industry

New Zealand hemp industry milestone dates  1990-2013

  • September 1990 NZHIA formation.
  • 1994       National Government place Moratorium on the issuing of licences to grow industrial hemp.
  • September 1997  Release of COMMERCIAL CULTIVATION OF CANNABIS SATIVA FOR PRODUCTION OF INDUSTRIAL HEMP, LEGISLATIVE AND SECURITY ASPECTS OF RECENT AUSTRALIAN TRIALS, Dr G R Boyd, Chief Advisor, Regulation and Safety, Ministry of Health, New Zealand September 1997
  • September 1997  NZHIAI formally incorporated.
  • October 1997   The Motueka report is published. (Funded by CEG. Community Employment Group)
  • 1998 NZHIA publish “The 5 Minute Guide to Industrial Hemp in New Zealand.”
  • November 1999 “Industrial Hemp and its Potential for New Zealand” by Charles N Merfield. Lincoln University, report published.
  • 20 June 2000  The moratorium imposed on the issuing of licences to grow industrial hemp by the National government in 1994 was lifted on the 20th June 2000.
  • 21 August 2000  NZHIA members met with the Government for the first time, as part of the  “Inter-Agency Meeting on Cultivation of Industrial Hemp.” Sub committee.
  • 7 December 2000  In essence the Sub Committee’s recommendations are: “that the emphasis should change to one whereby any organization that can meet the licencing, security and other requirements, including funding the trials, should be allowed to make submissions and become licensed to trial industrial hemp.
  • 27 April 2001  Minister of Health announces they will accept applications fir a license to grow industrial hemp.
  • 2 May 2001 Misuse of Drugs (Industrial Hemp) Amendment bill, raised by Nandor Tanczos, is referred to the Primary Production Committee, who decide not to to proceed, as they considered the bill had achieved its purpose by acting as a catalyst for the trial and formation of a regulatory regime.
  • 3 September 2001  Medsafe issue 11 Licences to grow industrial hemp and 1 licence to deal.
  • 15  September 2001  First 20kg of Hungarian seedstock arrives in New Zealand and clears customs on 23 September.
  • 13 October 2001 At 1.00pm in Palmerston North, Axl McIntosh plants first legal hempseeds to be grown in decades in New Zealand.
  • October – November 2001  9 trial crops planted between latitudes 40 and 44.5 degrees South
  • 26 January – 7 February 2002  NZHIA crop tour.
  • February March 2002  First Industrial Hemp thc testing takes place.
  • March April 2002  All crops are harvested.
  • April 2002 ANZFA (Australia New Zealand Food Authority) produce their final assessment on “Use of Industrial Hemp as a Novel Food” latter that year the authority ignores these recommendations and unanimously rejects the application (9 Australian votes and 1 New Zealand vote) making hemp foods illegal in Australia and New Zealand.
  • September 2002  Dr M A Nichols appointed NZHIA Research Team Leader.
  • 20 December 2002  New Zealand Food Safety Authority (NZFSA) issue the Food (Safety) Regulations 2002 to allow the continued sale of hemp seed oil in New Zealand.
  • December 2002  Funding for ECIHEMP (Empowering Communities with Industrial Hemp Project.)
  • December 2002  ECIHemp assists plantings in 11 locations nationwide including Massey University.
  • December 2002  Steve Cutler commences replicated trials on four sites in South Island, 6 cultivar, 3 densities on behalf of David Musgrave.
  • April 2003  Minister of Health extends Industrial Hemp trials for a further 12 months.
  • December 2003  Forest Research shows interest in hemp fiber.
  • December 2003  Hemp Regulatory Framework Consultation with industry.
  • March 2004  First NZ Generic Cultivar announced – Aotearoa 1.
  • April 2004  Hemp production in Aotearoa published in Journal of the International Hemp Association. (Peer reviewed.)
  • May 2004  Government extends legislation/consultation time frame to 1st January 2005 and extends trials until that date.
  • July 2004  Aotearoa Industrial Hemp Development Trust formed by the NZHIA.
  • 2005 industrial hemp trial end.
  • October 2005  Australia New Zealand Food Regulation ministerial Council (ANZFRMC) again ignore the A360 recommendations and maintain the prohibition of hemp seed foods, the vote was 4 for ad 5 against , with the major concern continuing to be that condoning hemp seed food would send mixed messages to children
  • 1 August 2006  The Misuse of Drugs (Industrial Hemp) Regulations 2006 are enacted to issue licences for the Legal cultivation of industrial hemp
  • Feb 2007 Midland seeds open day, showing the progress made with hemp seed crops
  • March 2011  FSANZ (Food Safety Australia New Zealand) release a consultation paper on application A1039 – Low THC hemp as a food.
  • October 2012 FSANZ approved the draft variation required by A1039
  • 7 December 2012 the forum voting on A1039 asks for a review of the draft variation, this review has been pushed out repeatedly and FSANZ are now expected to respond with their recommendation by 5 December 2014, so the Forum can vote on the application early in 2015

 

Number of industrial hemp licences granted by Medsafe (G – General and R – Research and Breeding) for the year ended 31 July

  • 2006       Canterbury 3G, Nelson 1G, Waikato 1G &1R, Southland 1G and 1R
  • 2007       Canterbury 4G & 2R, Nelson 1G, Rotorua 1G&1R, Southland 1G and 1R
  • 2008       Canterbury 5G & 4R, Nelson 1G, Southland 1G and 1R
  • 2009       Canterbury 4G, Nelson 1G, Hawke’s Bay 1G, Rotorua 1G&1R, Southland 1R
  • 2010       Canterbury 4G, Nelson 1G, Hawke’s Bay 1G, Rotorua 1G&1R, Southland 2G
  • 2011       Canterbury 1G, Nelson 1G, Hawke’s Bay 1G, Rotorua 1G&1R, Southland 2G&1R, Waikato 1G
  • 2012       Canterbury 8G&2R, Nelson 2G, Hawke’s Bay 2G, Rotorua 1G&1R, Southland 3G&2R, Waikato 4G, Taranaki 3G

 

 

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