HEMP WORKSHOP – JIGGI HALL
Northern Rivers Hemp Inc is convening a workshop for people who are interested in participating in the local hemp industry.
The workshop will include talks by local hemp farmers and manufacturers followed by a hemp license application workshop. Northern Rivers Hemp Inc is a not-for-profit organization which has been formed by industry participants to support the establishment of the local hemp industry.
Last year, more than 60 prospective industry participants attended a similar workshop convened by Northern Rivers Hemp Inc, stimulating a high level of interest in the local hemp industry. Although the New South Wales hemp industry is still in its infancy – with commercial licenses being issued by NSW Department of Primary Industries for the first time earlier this year – the Northern Rivers Region already has the highest density of hemp licensees in the state.
Hemp is a low-THC strain of Cannabis sativa L. which has been cultivated worldwide for mellennia for the purposes of fibre and food production. Until recently, the production of hemp was prohibited under the Drugs Misuse and Trafficking Act despite the fact that it does not produce significant quantities of THC. Commercial hemp legislation is dealt with on a state and territory level rather than a Federal level, and licenses for commercial hemp production have been issued in Tasmania, Queensland, South Australia and Western Australia for several years.
One of the challenges facing the local hemp industry is that although hemp food products are now sold in supermarkets throughout the world, hemp food products cannot be sold in Australia. Hemp seed is a “superfood”, containing high quality protein, vitamins and more essential fatty acids than any other vegetable oils.
The workshop will take place at Jiggi Hall from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday 29 August. Entry cost is $5.
“The Northern Rivers Region is geo-politically positioned in a very favorable location for the establishment of an industrial hemp industry: The soils and climate are excellent, and the local Community, University and Department of Primary Industries have provided an unprecedented level of support for the establishment of a local hemp industry.” [Dr Keith Bolton, Vice President, Northern Rivers Hemp]
“Hemp seed is a superfood which has been used by humans for thousands of years. Hemp seed food products are sold in supermarkets around the world: Ironically, Australia is one of the few countries which still prohibits the sale of hemp food, and yet we still allow food companies to put toxic chemicals in our food which have been banned in most other countries. There is something terribly wrong about the leadership – or lack thereof – which has allowed this situation to happen” [Dr Keith Bolton- pictured]
Kenrick Riley on 02 66-888-163 (preferred contact)
Keith Bolton on 0428-888-123