Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC

Minister for Regional Development; Agriculture and Food; Hydrogen Industry

    Hemp changes pass Parliament

    23/08/2018 1:00 PM
    • McGowan Government legislation to increase permitted THC content in industrial hemp passes Parliament
    • Part of McGowan Government's support for the fledgling hemp industry and regional jobs in WA 

    The McGowan Government's amendments to the Industrial Hemp Act 2004 have passed State Parliament today, paving the way for major growth in the hemp industry.


    The amendments increase the permitted tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) content in industrial hemp to one per cent, up from the previous level of 0.35 per cent.


    This brings Western Australia into line with other States and Territories, following changes to the Food Standards and Australia and New Zealand Code in November 2017 to allow the sale of food products derived from hemp seed with a THC content of up to one per cent.  


    There are currently 50 commercial hemp licensees in Western Australia.


    The changes will come into force once proclaimed in the coming weeks.


    Comments attributed to Agriculture and Food Minister Alannah MacTiernan:


    "Our Government is working hard to support this exciting fledgling agricultural industry.


    "These amendments will reduce risk for hemp growers and open up new opportunities in hemp seed as a food and drink product.


    "From the Ord down to the South-West and Great Southern, we are seeing unprecedented support for hemp as a fibre, food and building product.


    "The cross-party support for these amendments is a sign of the wide recognition for the job-creating potential of this industry for regional WA."


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