New Government – 100 Days of the new MMP coalition
We are seeking meetings with the Ministers from: Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) and Ministry of Health (MOH)
We need to ensure the intent of the new government is carried down to the officials tasked with enabling the industry and interpreting the regulations.
At the heart of all our problems is the lack of a definition of what they are trying to control, which is clearly the narcotic drug THC. By defining and focusing on controlling high THC marijuana cannabis there would be no need to treat low THC industrial hemp as a drug crop.
The 2006 iHemp regulations give us a great definition of industrial hemp being, low THC cannabis (less than 0.35%). However any amount of THC, triggers the “Controlled Drug” attitude. Even the minuscule amounts of THC in iHemp, often less than 0.1% in NZ crops, means we are continually caught by MODA (Misuse of Drugs Act 1975)
This has to change; the officials, the public and the market must be made aware of the difference between iHemp cannabis and marijuana cannabis.
In 2025 this will be obvious, but it has to start now!
Low THC industrial hemp must be accepted as just another arable crop capable of producing hemp products, free of the controls required when dealing with narcotic drugs