Hemp changes to grow jobs
CHANGES to WA’s hemp growing legislation are a step in the right direction, according to industry representatives.
The State Government announced changes last month, saying it was “loosening a legislative barrier that was limiting hemp production in the State”.
Amendments to the Industrial Hemp Act will see the maximum allowable THC content for industrial hemp lifted from 0.35 per cent to one per cent.
Nannup hemp grower and Industrial Hemp Western Australia Association spokesman Glen Ossy-Orley said the changes were a small step in the right direction.
“Even though they’re tiny steps at this stage, we’re moving forward.” he said.
Mr Ossy-Orley said the next steps in the industry’s development would include a shift of public attitude as well as financial support from the government and commercial sectors.
“When I first got into the industry four years ago people were still afraid of the word,” he said.
“Today, it’s pretty common sense, people know there’s an industrial side and a food side and a medical side to the industry.
“We are getting used to it but the industry is still fledgling, we still need investors to put in for a processing facility.”
Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan said the State Government saw a “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”.