Hemp food hot from the oven

Tasmanian Country - - NEWS -

AFTER two decades in the pipe­line, Aus­tralians can legally get their fix of hemp this week­end – and with but­ter and Vegemite on it.

From Sun­day the sale of hemp for hu­man con­sump­tion will be le­gal in Aus­tralia. The much-ma­ligned plant, part of the cannabis fam­ily, has been given the tick of ap­proval by state and fed­eral gov­ern­ments.

Vic­to­rian baker An­drew Ber­talli will be up early on Sun­day to bake his first batch of hemp bread, 17 years after he be­gan lob­by­ing for hemp food­stuffs to be le­galised.

“As far as I could see there were a lot of ex­cuses for why politi­cians thought it shouldn’t be le­galised,” Mr Ber­talli said.

“With the steps for­ward in med­i­cal mar­i­juana re­cently, I think it was in­evitable the Gov­ern­ment would need to re­assess the rea­sons why hemp was il­le­gal to be con­sumed,” he said.

In April, the Coun­cil of Aus­tralian Gov­ern­ments ruled hemp, which has neg­li­gi­ble lev­els of hal­lu­cino­genic com­pounds, was ruled safe for hu­mans to eat.

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