Information on hemp products

In New Zealand hemp products can only be made from industrial hemp
(iHemp) and under our regulations anybody is permitted to possess, use and trade in hemp products and stalks of industrial hemp as long as those stalks are without leaves.

Therefore currently you need a licence to work with hemp seeds, but not the stems or any product derived from the seed.  Derived products made from iHemp are legal as they have no THC in them and are no longer part of a viable plant.  So at that point hemp products do not need to be controlled as a drug.

Misuse of Drugs (Industrial Hemp) Regulations 2006 (SR 2006/163)

 S4 Interpretations. 

cannabis means Cannabis sativa

hemp means cannabis plant, seed, or fruit

hemp product means a product of a kind that is derived, in whole or in part, from industrial hemp

industrial hemp means hemp in the form of—

(a) plants with a THC content that is—

(i) generally below 0.35%; and

(ii) is not above 0.5%; or

(b) seeds harvested from plants of that

“If all fossil fuels and their derivatives (coal, oil, natural gas, synthetic fibres and petro-chemicals) as well as the deforestation of trees for paper and agriculture (e.g Brazilian and Indonesian rain forests), are banned from use in order to save the planet, preserve the ozone layer and reverse the greenhouse effect with its global warming trend; then there is only one known renewable natural resource able to provide all of the following goods and essentials such as paper, textiles, meet all the world’s energy needs and clean the atmosphere – all at the same time – our old stand-by that did it before: Cannabis hemp… marijuana!”  Jack Herer 1990 



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