New Zealand’s burgeoning hemp industry put Hemp in the News this week, as dairy farmers look to hemp as their new cash crop.

In an attempt to downscale their cattle farming, one Rangitikei family has decided to plant their first hemp and pumpkin crops this year.

Hemp in the News

The Welch family are third generation dairy farmers, but they have become disheartened by the large-scale industrialisation and the bureaucracy of the industry. This lead Tom Welch to look at alternatives to dairy farming, and is how he discovered hemp.

For the past eighty years or so, hemp has been associated with its illegal cousin, marijuana, which contains high levels of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the psychoactive constituent. Hemp, however, contains less than 0.3 percent THC.

The regulations surrounding hemp have been loosened and, in time, all restrictions will likely be lifted.

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