NZ Herald 23 March 2018
A hemp/cannabis education and innovation hub is to be launched in Rotorua.
Crash Palace backpackers owner Chris Woodney has a research and breeding licence for hemp in accordance with the Misuse of Drugs (Industrial Hemp) Regulations 2006.
He works with 12 New Zealand farmers who hold hemp licences and oversees around 15-20 hectares of hemp plantations with them that are harvested and used for making products including animal feed and balms, pellets for fires, fish burley, rope, fabrics and eco-plastics.
Woodney’s hub launch on Saturday will be a “low THC event” focusing on the “correct uses for hemp”.
“It will be a platform for members of the public to discuss and learn about industrial hemp setups,” Woodney said.
As part of the hub at Crash Palace, Woodney planned to act as a consultant for potential farmers as they navigated obtaining a hemp licence and the rules around how the plant could and could not be used.
Family First national director Bob McCoskrie said the lobby group supported the “rapid expansion of further quality research into the components of the marijuana plant for delivery via non-smoked forms, and the establishment of a programme that allows seriously ill patients to obtain other non-smoked components of marijuana approved and listed by the Ministry of Health via their doctor – with appropriate funding and pricing for patients”.
“Neurologists, palliative care and pain specialists should have a key role in this process.”
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