Hemp food hot from the oven
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.