18 November 2014
of the Legislative Council
- Tasmanian Industrial Hemp Industry
(Western Tiers - Motion) - Mr President, I move -
this House -
Notes the recommendations made by the House of Assembly Standing
Committee on Environment, Resources and Development in its report
into the Tasmanian Industrial Hemp Industry dated 16 October 2013;
Urges the state and Federal governments to approve the industrial
hemp - low THC - products for human consumption as recommended by the
FSANZ report 2012;
Notes that industrial hemp would increase rotational cropping
opportunities for farmers in Tasmania, potentially increasing
investment and jobs for downstream processing; and
Notes the differentiation between industrial hemp and medical
- Mr President, I confused this product for many years with flax when
we talked about the history of some of those industrial products, or
industrial fibre plants, in years gone by. I remember doing a history
project in Oatlands, and during World War I they grew a lot of flax
around Oatlands for army uniforms. I kept thinking, 'We've done it
before, why wouldn't we be doing it again?', but this is a different
thing - Cannabis
Did you say we have been growing it in Tasmania since 199192?
Yes, there have been trial crops.
- I can see no reason why this motion should not get unanimous
support in this House. We need every agricultural industry and
opportunity we can get. Many see Tasmania's future in agricultural
innovation and a strong tourism industry.
industries have failed, others are continuing to weaken, some are
showing signs of opportunities into the future. But this debate on
the industrial hemp industry in Tasmania has been going on for years
and years. It has now reached the stage when governments need to act.
Nichol of DPIPWE has
been looking at ways to implement recommendations from the recent
studies on industrial hemp and he has provided a report to the
minister, Jeremy Rockliff. We might soon see some progress. I hope
so. As the member for Western Tiers pointed out, industrial hemp
would increase rotational cropping opportunities for farmers in
Tasmania, potentially increasing investment and jobs for downstream
member for Western Tiers also stresses the difference between
industrial hemp, which has that lower proportion of the drug THC, and
proposals for a medicinal cannabis industry for which I have been
lobbied very strongly by somebody close to my electorate. I am not
sure if Lyn Cleaver is in my electorate or in yours. She lives at
Prospect and is campaigning very strongly for the changes.
- Prospect would more likely be my area.
- Did you receive that information from Lyn Cleaver?
- I will get you on her mailing list. She is a strong advocate for
the support that her child, and many others in our community, need.
has been resistance to the idea of an industrial hemp industry based
largely on ignorance. Industrial hemp is not a drug. It is a fibre
with great potential, as the member for Western Tiers has mentioned.
Even if it were a potential high THC, Tasmania has proved over many
years that it can manage the opium poppy crops. Alarm bells might
ring because of the deaths we have had with the poppy crops but it is
not the same and we manage well in Tasmania with this sort of
the gentlest way I can put the situation is that the poppy industry
is treading water at the moment, and industrial hemp would be a good
replacement. I strongly support this motion. I call on the state and
Federal governments to stop dragging their feet and approve an
industrial hemp industry.