WeedLex
Jun 14, 2017 12:50 PM

New Zealand and Australia Legalize Use of Hemp as Food

The governments of New Zealand and Australia have recently legalized the use of hemp as food. Though there is no ban on hemp use anymore, there are still strict restrictions on the marketing and labeling hemp products.

There were many unsuccessful proposals to change the Food Standards Code for over a decade. Finally, the sale of hemp products was approved for sale as food in April by Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation.

However, the Australian and New Zealand ministers are concerned over the public safety and association of hemp with psychoactive cannabis, so they imposed strict regulations on the products' labeling and promotion.

Although hemp also contains THC, the main psychoactive cannabis compound, its level is extremely low and does not exceed 0.03 percent. In contrast, hemp oil is full of cannabidiol or CBD that is effective for treating various medical conditions, including epileptic seizures, inflammation, and pain.

Australia to Legalize Medical Use of Marijuana This Fall
Australia to Legalize Medical Use of Marijuana This Fall
The Australian Parliament has adopted legislation that legalizes medical marijuana countrywide. Beginning in November, Australians will get a legal right to consume cannabis for medical purposes, but weed use will be heavily controlled by the government.

Moreover, hemp also includes high levels of protein and a perfect ratio of Omega 6 and Omega 3 fatty acids.

The law will come into force in six months after its official publication in the government gazette. However, in New Zealand there still is legislation that bans the sale of hemp seeds with a low level of THC. Thus ministers have to propose further legislative amendments by that time.

According to Niall Blair, New South Wales Minister for Primary Industries, hemp production has already brought many benefits for the growth of domestic and export markets. In addition, he thought that Australians would be excited over hemp consumption as food.

The cultivation of hemp for industrial purposes is legal in Australia since 2008. With the legalization of hemp products, the amounts of hemp growing are expected to increase to meet the domestic demands.

Australians Can Now Apply for Licenses to Cultivate Medical Marijuana
Australians Can Now Apply for Licenses to Cultivate Medical Marijuana
The Australian government has recently allowed the legal growing of medical marijuana, giving the new cannabis cultivators a possibility to apply for licenses to grow the herb.

Hemp producers should avoid such words as cannabis, marijuana, and THC if they want to sell their products. Special measures should be taken to comply with the restrictions on advertising. If food labeling is done in compliance with the government regulations, Australians will see hemp products at local retail stores as soon as November.



Comments
North Carolina Is Ready to Grow Hemp
Many U.S. states are warming up to the decision of cultivating the nonintoxicating cousin of marijuana. North Carolina has decided to conduct a statewide test and is now encouraging farmers to grow hemp. This year, a field where corn once grew could produce a new crop.
Mar 29, 2017 12:30 PM
Australia to Legalize Medical Use of Marijuana This Fall
The Australian Parliament has adopted legislation that legalizes medical marijuana countrywide. Beginning in November, Australians will get a legal right to consume cannabis for medical purposes, but weed use will be heavily controlled by the government.
Sep 15, 2016 9:40 AM
Ohio Marijuana Legalization Bill Waits for Governor's Signature
Hopefully, soon the question “Is weed legal in Ohio?” will be answered positively.
May 30, 2016 8:45 AM