The Tasmanian government will ease regulations on commercial hemp farming, allowing the state to cash in if national authorities overturn a ban on foods containing the plant.
Primary Industries Minister Jeremy Rockliff announced plans on Thursday for legislation that will increase the allowable level of tetrahydrocannabinol, which is commonly known as the mind-altering component of the cannabis plant.
“Industrial hemp refers to varieties of cannabis that contain very low levels of delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol and at the allowable threshold there is no psychoactive (drug) inducing effects,” Mr Rockliff said.
Farmers will also be able to apply for cropping licences of up to five years. They were previously limited to one year.
The changes bring Tasmania in line with NSW, Queensland and the ACT.
“We also continue to strongly support and lobby for federal approval for the use of industrial hemp products in food, which has huge potential to open new markets for the industry,” Mr Rockliff said.
Farmers have long argued that hemp oilseed is safe and has no psychoactive effect.
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