In this issue:
- iHemp Summit and Expo – 4-6 June 2020, Rotorua
- Have you got an R&D Project – the University of Canterbury can help
- NZ Hemp Brokers and Prohibited Products
- Events – National and International
- iHemp in the news – Press Articles
iHemp Summit and Expo 4-6 June 2020, Rotorua – Hold the Date
Building on the 2018 Summit themes we will be bringing forward the road map and strategic direction for the emerging iHemp Industry in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Explaining a collaborative vision for the industry in 2025 and beyond. This year there will also be an iHemp Expo, with a public Open Day on Saturday 6th June 2020.
The event will start with a Welcome reception on the 4th, followed by two full conference and expo days.
Let us know if you would like to be an exhibitor or a sponsor, and we can send you an information pack. Attendees please register here www.hempsummit.nz
Have you got any R&D Projects or do you need New Product development work – University of Canterbury can help
See the full story here
Have you put off starting a project because you don’t have the time or resources to tackle it right now? Could you benefit from in-depth research or consultancy for your organisation?
The University of Canterbury may be able to help. They want to hear from companies interested in partnering with students on industry projects, covering
- Industrial product design and fibre based research – ideas here
- Chemical, natural and healthcare product formulation – ideas here
If you have a project and need help with research, please fill out the project sponsorship form, and start a conversation – here
Contact Grahame Burgess at the University of Canterbury or visit the College of Engineering ‘Industry Collaborations’ webpage for more information.
New Zealand Hemp Brokers and Prohibited Products, article submitted by Andrew Bell
On the 20th Sept NZHB brokers was visited by 2 Police officers and 2 MPI officials, and was issued a prohibition notice on 2 current products and 1 discontinued product.
- No promises Animal hemp oil (a full spectrum product)
- No Promises Hemp root balm
- Rattys Phyto flour (discontinued product)
The Prohibition notices were issued under the ACVM Act By Karen Booth, former Senior Advisor to Zoetis (Agricultural division of Pfizer), on the 16th September 2019. This eventuated after Chris Woodney had called for an investigation on the 8th into Conflicts of Interest, and had questioned MEd Safe’s Zero Tolerance policy.
During the Prohibition of hulled hemp seed, NZHB had been selling hemp protein and hulled hemp seed as animal products (as were several other prominent Hemp Companies), when this was questioned by MPI due to a query from a member of the public – who was unaware that at that time it was understood that hemp foods were only prohibited for human consumption.
It was accepted by MPI that NZHB was not breaching any regulations, and NZHB was allowed to continue with the case being closed. This was also the case with several other clients of NZHB.
As there was no issue with hemp foods being sold as animal feed, NZHB saw no reason why hemp oil fortified with CTFs – as naturally found in the seed head (bract) and being part of the seed – could not be used as an animal supplement. Hence “No Promises Plus” – which was sold as animal oil only, with warnings on the label as to its intended use. However some Folks were using it themselves and reporting positive results perhaps evidence, at least anecdotally, that Phytonutrients (CTFs) have benefits at NOAEL and under the 35ug per kg of body weight.
Chris Woodney, Director of NZHB had on several occasions during the 18 months that “No Promises” (NP) had been on the market informed MOH of NP, and had also informed MOH that if NP was illegal, they would have to contest this in court. MOH’s own written statement to Chris was that they were not an enforcement agency , and that it was a matter that would have to be settled by a court.
No Promises Hemp Root balm was produced under written permission from Sue Scott (Senior advisor) in 2017, when she informed NZHB that products could be produced from powered hemp root, this product was sold for human use and sold under the ‘topicals’ section of the webstore. So the reason for No Promises Hemp Balm being prohibited under ACVM is a bit of a mystery especially given the previous letter clearly stating the root was OK as a product.
No Promises Hemp oil plus was produced as a Full Spectrum animal supplement made from organic food grade hemp seed (?) oil as its base.
During the ensuing Prohibition NZHB asked customers to write in to local courts appealing the Prohibition as per the appeal , but it was quickly discovered that there was NO appeal process and NO case number allocated. It would appear that as this was the first time an appeal had been lodged against an MPI Prohibition notice : NZHB were the first to do so as there did not appear to be any clear procedure from the district courts to deal with the appeal.
Events – INTERNATIONAL
- October 12-13 Hemp Health & Innovation, Brisbane
- November 1-4 26th HIACON, Charlotte, North Carolina, USA
- November 8-9, 2019 Latin America & Caribbean Hemp Summit, Montevideo, Uruguay
- November 14-16, 2019 – the Medical Cannabis Conference and Expo, Malta
- November 26-27, 2019 – Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance CHTA, Conference Calgary, Canada
- February 25-28 2020 – Australian Industrial Hemp Conference
- March 19, 2020 Medcan 2020, Auckland
- April 21-23, 2020 – Cannabis Conference, Las Vegas, USA
- June 4-6,2020 – iHemp Summit and Expo, Rotoura
Recent iHemp – New Zealand press articles
- 12 September 2019 – NZ Wine Grower – Hemp Among the vines
- 12 September 2019 – NZ Herald – Major cannabis summit planned for Sky City Convention Centre in 2020
- 11 September 2019 – Stuff – Why builders are swapping cement for
- 10 September 2019 NZ Herald – Shares in Kiwi cannabis firm Cannasouth double in a week
- 3 September 2019 – NZ Herald – Hemp burger: Burger Fuel takes eating green to a whole new level
- 9 August 2019 – The Country – Whanganui/Rangitīkei interest in hemp industry
- 6 August 2019 – The Country- No Meat Mince relaunched using hemp
- 5 August 2019 – Scoop – Dunedin Company World 1st – Plant Based Mince Now Using Hemp
- 30 July 2019 – Food Dive – Cannabis sales could hit $41B by 2025, Nielsen predicts
- 28 July 2019 – The Country Local Focus: Hemp Hub for Rangitīkei and Whanganui
- 24 July 2019 -The Country – Hemp information session to help build resources and networks in Rangitīkei and Whanganui
- 23 July 2019 The Record – The Best of Hemp
- 18 July 2019 – Rural News – Hemp sector gears up for growth
- 18 July 2019 – The Country – Farmers urged to help Christchurch company’s plans to cultivate cannabis – Long White Cloud Genetics
- 21 June 2019 – Farmers Weekly – Pioneers overcoming challenges
- 20 June 2019 – AgFunder – Whoa! Canopy Rivers Backs ZeaKal with $10m to Revolutionize Cannabis Plant Science
- 9 May 2019 – NZ Herald – Whanganui hemp growing operation enters Stage Two and moves into factory mode
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