Andrea Dawkins MP | Greens Primary Industries spokesperson
The Greens were pleased to support legislation tabled by the government to authorise and regulate an industrial hemp industry in Tasmania.
The uses of hemp are vast and varied. It can be used for anything from food culture to sustainable housing material.
Hemp has the potential to boost to our economy and jobs market significantly, if marketed well and managed successfully.
We are the last post-industrial country in the world to embrace cultivation and use of industrial hemp. Tasmanians need help to be able to hit the ground running and tap into a market that has such vast potential.
The next big step will be when Food Standards Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) meet and allow for industrial hemp to be available as a food product - to be grown and sold in Tasmania.
The market will play the biggest part in the success of industrial hemp industry in Tasmania, so nurturing and fostering our clean green brand is crucial.