letter from Executive
The New Zealand Hemp
Industries Association Inc,
have been promoting the
iHemp industry since 1997.
And the industry has been
quietly developing, under
the iHemp Regulations 2006.
2018 is the year iHemp finally gains momentum, as
we hosted a successful summit in Wellington in July.
A sell out event, which captured the interest from
farmers/land owners, researchers, innovators and the
This year the Food Code is being amended to allow
iHemp seed foods for human consumption, which
will see the seed and grain industry scale up in the
The framework for medicinal use is being established
and there is considerable interest in the development
of the fiber industry.
80 years of “Reefer Madness” over marijuana
cannabis as a recreational drug, has meant minimal
work has been done on low THC, industrial hemp
It will be great to see what kiwi ingenuity will do in
the development of products and technology, for
local and export markets.
An annual crop, great for the environment, creating
regional development and a positive impact on the
economy, it really does tick all the right boxes!!!
Deputy Chair NZHIA
Director of Hemptastic
Hemp gets PR
boost from Govt
Hemp is a crop that's often
stigmatised because it's a variety of
cannabis. But now it's getting a PR
boost from the Government. Food
Safety Minister Damien O'Connor has
spoken about the plant's economic
benefits, and an upcoming law change
will see hemp seeds approved as a
food item. ( Arron Soma - 1 News Reporter)
Increased Drug Abuse?
...from hiding a
Marijuana Crop within a
That would never happen and here is
No grower would plant Marijuana
(high THC) within a Hemp Crop (low
to no THC) because the Hemp would
pollinate the Marijuana - and the
Marijuana will go to seed and turn
You would actually want to keep the
two crops as far apart as you could.