Regulations governing the cultivation and processing of industrial hemp will be released for public consultation today, with information sessions to be held in metropolitan and regional parts of the State.
Information sessions for industry and interested parties will be held at the following locations, with bookings essential:
- Mount Gambier – Tuesday 8 August, 5.30-6.30pm
City Hall, Watson Street, Mount Gambier (entry via Cave Gardens)
- Adelaide – Wednesday 9 August and Thursday 10 August, 5.30-6.30pm
Boardroom, Science Exchange, 55 Exchange Place, Adelaide SA
- Loxton – Wednesday 16 August, 5.30-6.30pm
Loxton Research Centre, 1801 Bookpurnong Road, Loxton
- Port Lincoln – Thursday 17 August, 5.30-6.30pm
Marine Science Centre, 1 Hindmarsh Street, Port Lincoln
Feedback on the draft regulations closes at 5pm Friday 25 August 2017. For further information and bookings visit www.pir.sa.gov.au/primary_industry/industrial_hemp
The Office of Industrial Hemp and Medicinal Cannabis will also run growers’ forums following the consultation sessions in Mount Gambier on 8 August and Adelaide on 9 August.
Industrial hemp is produced from cannabis plants with low tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content – less than one per cent THC in the leaves, flowers and stems. It provides no psychotropic effect from its consumption.
The Industrial Hemp Act 2017 was passed by State Parliament in April this year and follows on from similar legislation and regulatory frameworks established in Tasmania, Victoria, Queensland and New South Wales.
The proposed regulatory framework will allow for the cultivation of industrial hemp crops and the establishment of a hemp processing industry in South Australia. PIRSA, the Department of State Development, SA Health and SA Police are developing the framework.
Currently in Australia, industrial hemp is cultivated for fibre and seed production and used in items such as textiles, paper, rope, fuel, oil and stock feed. Industrial hemp will be able to be used in food in Australia in late 2017.
Potential hemp growers and processors will need to meet certain conditions under licence that will be established by the new regulations.
The Office of Industrial Hemp and Medicinal Cannabis is a single point of contact to industry and across government to facilitate collaboration between cultivators, manufacturers, researchers and industry associations.
On industrial hemp, the Office works in close partnership with Primary Industries and Regions SA (PIRSA). For more information, visit: www.statedevelopment.sa.gov.au/officeihmc.
Quotes attributable to the Manufacturing and Innovation Minister Kyam Maher
The State’s laws governing industrial hemp were changed earlier this year to allow farmers to decide for themselves if it is economically viable to introduce a hemp rotation to their crops.
Industrial hemp, which has very low psychoactive properties, can be manufactured for a wide range of products, from cosmetics to textiles and construction materials.
We will continue to back industries that have the potential to deliver economic benefits for our State.
Quotes attributable to Minister for Agriculture, Food and Fisheries Leon Bignell
Industrial hemp is an exciting new agricultural enterprise for South Australia so it’s very important to ensure the right legislative framework is in place from the outset.
The opportunity to cultivate or process industrial hemp, once the regulatory framework is in place, will allow farmers and processors to diversify their enterprise.