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Public Newsletter April 2018

Public Newsletter April 2018 – LINK

NZ Hemp Industries Association Inc

Public Newsletter for April 2018

In this issue:

  • The iHemp Summit, Wellington, 5 & 6th July 2018

  • Why are we controlled by the Misuse of Drugs Act 1975

  • Local Events

  • International Events and iHemp Press Articles

New Zealand’s inaugural – iHemp Summit – 5th to 6th July, venue changed to Wellington.

The number of tickets is limited, so get in now to ensure you don’t miss out on the first iHemp Summit in New Zealand.

Stakeholders and interested parties from a wide range of back grounds are going to gather in Wellington to hear from local and international industry experts about the current and future uses of iHemp.

How we can realise the potential of iHemp in the food, fiber and medical industries, what are the road blocks and how we can overcome them.

Introducing common terminology and a vision for the industry, developing a R&D road map and working collaboratively to create a world class industry for New Zealand.

We have the talent and resources to really add value and bring industrial hemp into the 21st century.  We need to catch up, as 80 years of being outlawed means not a lot of work has been done in this space.

Kiwi ingenuity, our unique land and environment have a lot to offer this emerging world wide industry.

We just need to embrace this incredible opportunity,  focus on it and make it happen.  There are huge benefits for our rural communities with jobs and investment in capacity, our economy with export earnings and the production of great products and services.  And our environment by growing a sustainable annual crop

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Larry’s Creek Farm – Reefton, West Coast – Harvest 2018

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.

Larry’s Creek Farm – Kompolti hemp – West Coast – March 2018

A Local event in Marton, Thursday 23 May 2018
10 am – 12 pm, Farmsource, Wellington Rd

Due to demand, Tom Welch, from Cannock Harvest, will be holding a discussion about growing industrial hemp for interested people at Farmsource, Marton, 10am Thursday 3rd May.

“Covering practical aspects from licence procedure to possible returns etc. If you are interested, pop in for a coffee and converse. We will not have all the answers but are very happy to share what we have learnt in our first year growing the crop. Please indicate if you would like to come along so we can have an Idea on numbers. See/like Cannock Harvest Face Book page for more details. See you there. Tom”

International Events 

International Conference of the European Industrial Hemp Association (EIHA) 12-13 June 2018, Cologne, Germany

The Pacific Rim Hemp conference, 18-19 July 2018, Vancouver, Canada

Hemp Health and Innovation Expo and Symposium 12-13 May 2018, Sydney, Australia

The Miss Use of Drugs – Medicinal Cannabis Amendment Bill
Hear the submissions on the Health Select Committee Facebook page

Recent iHemp – New Zealand press articles

20 Apr 2018 – Budding hemp industry set to grow
20 Apr 2018 – Economic benefits of growing hemp in Northland under spotlight tonight
20 Apr 2018 – $4.20 coffees at Dunedin’s newly-opened Cannabis Museum
5 Apr 2018 – Government asked to widen marijuana bill by New Zealand Drug foundation

31 Mar 2018 – Trio taking $5m bet on medicinal cannabis industry that doesn’t exist yet
17 Mar 2018 – Kiwi company’s big bet on hemp starting to reap rewards
22 Mar 2018 – Cannabis should be decriminalised and taxed to pay for synthetics and meth treatment, says justice advocate
7 Mar 2018 – New Zealand’s plants may give us unique advantages

International News

13 Apr 2018 USA – HIA applauds Senate introduction of the Hemp Farming Act, S. 2667 will clarify many issues facing the US hemp industry.

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

iHemp Summit – goal, speakers and draft program information – April 2018

Goal of the summit

NZ can be the best in the world at growing & using hemp.  This summit will provide NZ companies, farmers, scientists, funders and regulators with the information they need to collaboratively develop the NZ industrial hemp economy. The summit will share local and international knowledge on hemp, identify the local and export opportunities available to companies entering the industry, highlight the barriers to success within the market and develop strategies and relationships that will help the industry to overcome them.

See the draft program outline at

Speakers committed to date

Speaker Intended Topic
Mack McIntosh – NZHIA Chair 


20+year perspective of the NZ industry


Bob Doyle – Managing Director, Hemp International Australia (Australia) Growing, harvesting and processing hemp for fibre
Phil Warner – Managing Director, Ecofibre (Australia) A vision for hemp in New Zealand
Manu Caddie – Managing Director, Hikurangi Group Experiences of NZ’s first medicinal cannabinoid company
Professor Kim Pickering – University of Waikato Emerging R&D on hemp fibre composites
Steve Saunders – Founder and Owner, Plus Group Models for raising investment
Renata Hakiwai – Director, Whenua Kura Skills and training for the hemp economy
Stephen Tallon – Callaghan Innovation Optimising extraction using supercritical CO2
Nick McMillan – Extraction expert Options for extraction of plant extracts from hemp
Anna Campbell – Managing Director, AbacusBio Plant genomics and breeding programmes
Andrew Gibbs – Partner, Deloitte  The economics of growing hemp for medicinal production
Simon Rowell – Founder, Innovation Liberation Front Maximising the value of IP
Carmelle Riley – Whenua Kura Maximising the value of hemp for the Māori economy
Dr Mike Nichols Phytoremediation and growing medicinal cannabis
Dr Margaret Davidson – Western Sydney University (Australia) Health and safety in hemp cultivation and processing





The table below provides a draft summary of planned sessions.

Planned Sessions Planned Speakers and Summary
Vision for the Hemp Industry Drawing from international perspectives and experiences, the Summit will begin by presenting a vision for what the future of the hemp industry could look like, both locally and globally.


Introduction to Hemp – a New Zealand perspective This session will present opportunities for hemp in NZ based on the experiences of other countries, focussing on products that can be produced now for established global markets. It will also provide various perspectives on the potential future value of the hemp industry to NZ, socially, environmentally and economically.


Industry Economics Part 1 – how can NZ create a competitive advantage? This session will provide an overview of the economics of hemp production for food, fibre and medicine and identify potential export opportunities. It will also aim to offer perspectives on global industry dynamics, the competitive positions of other countries and how NZ could create a unique position.


Industry Economics Part 2 – what does the ideal industrial hemp value chain look like? A facilitated session that will seek engagement from the delegates to understand what the industrial hemp value chain in NZ currently looks like. This will be followed by again sourcing ideas from the delegates to identify gaps and growth areas, and create a vision for the value chain that will create maximum impact for NZ.


Industry Economics Part 3 – maximising the value of hemp for the Māori economy A discussion on potential approaches and models for maximising the value of hemp across the Māori economy.
Moving to Hemp Part 1 – growing and harvesting industrial hemp The Moving to Hemp block sessions will begin by discussing local and international experiences in converting land for hemp production. The aim of this session will be to provide insights into: the requirements for cultivating hemp in the NZ climate, regions that are best suited to cultivation and plant variety selection and specific cultivation/harvesting techniques for food, fibre and medicine applications. It will also cover the latest information on plant breeding in NZ.


Moving to Hemp Part 2 – plant science and cultivar selection
Hemp for Fibre An overview of techniques for cultivating, harvesting and processing hemp for fibre production, as well as a summary of current and future product opportunities and emerging research areas.
Hemp for Food An overview of current opportunities and barriers for the use of hemp seeds and oils in food products. The session will aim to cover the health benefits of hemp products and facilitate discussion on potential high value product opportunities based on global trends.


Hemp for Medicine This session will provide an overview of that latest science on the efficacy of cannabinoids in medicine and discuss key considerations for cultivation and extraction.


Filling the Value Chain Gaps Part 1 – the importance of skills and training A discussion on the importance of skills development and training in creating a new emerging NZ industry.


Filling the Value Chain Gaps Part 2 – the value of intellectual property An introduction to the IP protection and licensing principles that will be relevant across the NZ hemp value chain and how these can be best used to support and protect our unique position.


Filling the Value Chain Gaps Part 3 – health and safety in hemp cultivation A discussion on potential health and safety considerations for the emerging hemp industry and provide insight into methods for developing best practice guidelines for growers and manufacturers.
Filling the Value Chain Gaps Part 4 – models for raising investment This session will focus on key considerations and potential models for raising funds in the New Zealand funding and investment environment.


Summit Dinner Day One will close with a Summit Dinner in the evening, providing a valuable opportunity for networking and building connections to support New Zealand’s emerging hemp economy.