Why are we controlled by the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975 (MODA) – time to bring us in to the 21st Century.
Low THC industrial hemp should not be a controlled drug, as it has no psychoactive properties
In 1975 MODA should have recognised the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961 – Article 28.2 “This Convention shall not apply to the cultivation of the cannabis plant exclusively for industrial purposes (fiber and seed) or horticultural purposes.”
Clearly MODA is all about controlling THC, the psychoactive cannabinoid in cannabis, they should have specified this rather than classifying all parts of cannabis (including the seed) as a controlled drug.
Both of the above would have simplified things for the iHemp industry as we would be treated as just another arable crop! And the nonsense of being controlled by the badly worded and out of date MODA legislation would have been avoided.
The constant reference to Misuse of Drugs Act (Industrial Hemp) Regulations 2006, or Misuse of Drugs Act (Medicinal Cannabis) Amendment Bill, is a nonsense and sends the wrong message.
We have regulations for iHemp and soon will have them for medicinal cannabis, these regulations should be controlled by agricultural and medicinal legislation respectively. And be administered within these frameworks, rather than constantly being referred back to MODA, when the vast majority of “hemp and medicinal products” do not contain any appreciable amounts of THC.
We have the industrial hemp regulations which protect our industry, as only “industrial hemp” can be used to make “hemp products”, and the same regulatory framework approach can be used to allow “medicinal products”
We are not misusing drugs, low THC industrial hemp cannabis is a food and fiber crop and as a medicine, it is very safe with no lethal dose, so how can it be misused when it has been prescribed.
Any cannabis with a higher THC content used as a medicine, would need to be acknowledged by MODA but the actual production and distribution should be covered by the Medicines Act, the same as all other medicines.