The hemp industry has been lobbying the government and Food Safety Standards Australia New Zealand (FSSANZ) for hemp seeds to be legalised, which could be the key to Australia’s hemp industry taking off.
The hemp industry has been lobbying the government and Food Safety Standards Australia New Zealand (FSSANZ) for hemp seeds to be legalised, which could be the key to Australia’s hemp industry taking off.

WATERCOOLER: Should hemp be legalised for consumption?

HEMP is one of the oldest crops around. It is cultivated worldwide including Australia and is currently used as a source of clothing and building products.

Hemp's reputation has been tarnished by association with its THC-laden cousin marijuana, but it contains no or very low levels of THC, the chemical associated with the psychoactive properties of marijuana.

Instead, it's a quick growing, water efficient crop that's growing in demand.

It is legal to grow hemp in Australia, under the same licensing laws as poppy farms in Tasmania, but illegal to consume hemp food products.

The hemp industry has been lobbying the government and Food Safety Standards Australia New Zealand (FSSANZ) for hemp seeds to be legalised, which could be the key to Australia's hemp industry taking off.

According to hemp industry manufacturers in Australia, hemp could be legalised for edible products in 2015.

Would you eat edible hemp products if it was legalised?

This poll ended on 16 December 2015.

Current Results

Yes

81%

No

7%

I'd need more information on the products first

10%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

John Muir is a hemp consultant based on the Sunshine Coast of Queensland.

He services the hemp industry in all of Australia and internationally and considers hemp to have great potential for farmers.

"Any grain grower can basically grow it. It will fit into their rotation anywhere in Australia," he said.

Mr Muir says if hemp is legalised for consumption, it could mean a huge industry could be developed within Australia.

It provides normal healthy crop farming systems and fetches above the average price of grains that are currently grown.

"It's about $3 per kilo cleaned so the farmers would be getting about $3000 per tonne".

What's necessary to get this going is for Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, and other premiers to realise the tremendous benefit it will provide Australians, as well as the government, which means they need to rigorously pursue legislation to legalise hemp seeds, and to legalise hemp for consumption today, not next year.

It's long overdue due to political ineptitude, and citizens have awakened to that, which caused the recent change in Federal Government.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull retained Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce, and we'll see just how progressive this new government is, which will be held accountable as well.

DEAN SLOAN
Burnett Heads

What do you think about this? Should hemp be legalised for consumption?

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What you're saying on Facebook:

Stuart Everson: "People needlessly die of cancer everyday while we continue to talk about hemp / cannabis. Just decriminalize the whole spectrum of Marijuana because unlike the vaccine claim, cannabis really does save lives."

Lynda Hutton: "Yes i believe hemp should be legalised for consumption in australia as the nutritional and health benefits are enormous."

Sheila Oliver: "I have a delicious looking pair of hemp jeans..."

Michael Porter: "Cannabis oil is proving its worth and hemp can be used to make anything! Research it!"

Ian Gaffel: "It's time is coming. Keith Pitt needs to ensure his government helps Bundaberg become the centre of the non THC Hemp industry NOW!!!!! Then when it's approved for medicinal purposes that's a whole nother industry we should be at the forefront of."

Fee Williams: "Definitely it so good for our hole body and my aging skin."

David Radovic: "Since its legal in EVERY country apart from here, why is it even a question?"

Victor Sid: "Yes best food in the world."



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