WA's Hemp industry is about to get high

Plans to change legislation

23 February 2018

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Western Australia's hemp industry is set to undergo a boost by the McGowan Government - loosening a legislative barrier that was limiting hemp production in the State.

The State Government will amend the Industrial Hemp Act 2004 to allow hemp to be grown with a tetrahydrocannabinol content of up to one per cent.

Currently, the Industrial Hemp Act only permits hemp with a THC content below zero-point-three-five per cent.

Amending legislation on maximum THC concentration in line with national standards is expected to increase the number of varieties available for industrial hemp production in WA, particularly in food production through hemp seeds.

Agriculture and Food Minister ALANNAH MACTIERNAN has hosted a roundtable with WA hemp growers, processors and researchers to identify key opportunities for the industry.

Minister MACTIERNAN says the McGowan Government sees real potential for a scale-up of hemp production in WA to commercial levels, helping to create jobs in agriculture and processing right across the regions.

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