[21 May/Stuff]

Business people hoped to make profits from a legal home grown cannabis industry. iHemp Summit Chairman, Richard Barge, said two parliamentary bills to allow the use of medicinal cannabis and the sale of hemp-based food made it the right time to hold the summit. Submissions on the Misuse of Drugs Amendment Bill closed last month. The event would focus on the business opportunity for hemp food and fibre, however its use for medicinal purposes would be discussed too. Mr Barge added that there was the opportunity to introduce a new primary sector and with positive intent from the Government it could take off. He stressed the need to export hemp products. He noted that the New Zealand Hemp Industries Association was set to meet with Agriculture Minister, Damien O’Connor, in June.