MEMBER for Burnett Stephen Bennett is calling for a Parliamentary Inquiry to investigate Queensland's regulatory frameworks surrounding the establishment and export of medicinal hemp.
Mr Bennett's call follows a tour he recently undertook of an Agri Fibre Industries property in Bundaberg, where a grower is currently developing an industrial hemp oil variety.
"The producer is developing an industrial hemp oil variety that could potentially be used for export as a medicine if the regulation allowed export to countries that allow medicinal cannabis," Mr Bennett said.
"It's my understanding that under the present law, the resident is allowed to breed, grow and possess industrial hemp. Industrial hemp can be used legally throughout the Commonwealth for fibre, topical oil and processed cannabis products other than food for human consumption or as a medical product.
"Growers in the Burnett are ready to invest in the important new industry of hemp fibre and possibly medicinal cannabis production, but it seems they have hit a road block," Mr Bennett said.
He said current state legislation did not allow for the export of such products.
"Agri Fibre Industries wants to have a fair go with an export licence to supply countries with raw medicinal product and building products from industrial hemp from Queensland to countries that allow such products," he said.
Mr Bennett said he came away from the Bundaberg facility with a new-found respect for the industry.
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