Health Minister Cameron Dick has announced that “cannabis can now be grown in Queensland under strict supervision for medical purposes.”
The State Government yesterday updated the Drugs Misuse Act 1986 to allow low THC hemp seed to be grown for human consumption in food. It comes after the Australian and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation in April gave the green light for low-THC hemp (cannabis) seeds to be sold as food in Australia and New Zealand from Sunday 12 November.
Minister Dick said: “Hemp seeds permitted for use in foods come from the cannabis plant but they have extremely low levels or no Tetrahydrocannabinol or THC, which is the drug component of cannabis that causes psychoactive effects.”
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Hemp seeds are known to contain protein, vitamins, minerals and polyunsaturated fatty acids, particularly omega-3 fatty acids.
The new law will still restrict the growth of cannabis to licensed producers in Queensland, but the State Government is hoping it will allow more opportunity for those producers to supply THC hemp seeds to domestic and international markets.
The State’s Agriculture and Fisheries Minister Bill Byrne said: “This emerging market will enable the Queensland producers to compete at a global level and has the opportunity to create growth and employment in this industry.”