The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) and the Ministry of Health have opened public consultation on amending regulations to allow the sale and use of low tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) hemp seed as foods in New Zealand.
In April 2017, the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation voted to approve a new trans-Tasman standard to allow the sale of hemp seed as food. However, in order for hemp seed to be allowed in food products in New Zealand, amendments need to be made to both the Misuse of Drugs (Industrial Hemp) Regulations 2006 and the Food Regulations 2015, which are the focus of the consultation.
Public consultation on the proposed amendments is open until 5pm on Wednesday 20 June 2018. People are encouraged to learn more about what’s being proposed and provide feedback to MPI.
This consultation is also an opportunity to review the Misuse of Drugs (Industrial Hemp) Regulations 2006, which set out the licensing requirements for cultivation and production of hemp products. Further information can be found on the Industrial hemp page.
More information about the consultation can be found on the Ministry for Primary Industries website.