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Sat Jul 26, 2014, 11:18 AM

The Politics of Pot (Hemp) in Australia- Excellent 15 min report from ABC/AUS

Politics of Pot Broadcast: 20/07/2014 Reporter: Sean Murphy

PIP COURTNEY, PRESENTER: This story is about the Hunter Valley in New South Wales, where a controversial green crop is being harvested.



Australia's fledgling hemp industry has been trying to join the rest of the developed world and produce oil and food for human consumption. A prohibition on growing industrial hemp in Australia was lifted in the late 1990s, but farmers here are restricted to growing fibre and construction materials and politics has prevented them from gaining access to booming hemp food markets, as Sean Murphy reports.

SEAN MURPHY, REPORTER: It looks like a windrow harvest of lucerne, but this is hemp, industrial hemp. It's grown by Australia's biggest producer, which has farms and facilities in NSW, Queensland and Tasmania, producing about 2,000 tonnes of raw material a year.



PHIL WARNER, ECOFIBRE: What we are producing presently is just low-level, low-value market material such as pet bedding, horse bedding, erosion control mediums, oil spill containment products, garden mulch - you know, basic things like that. And there's lots of products we could get to eventually, but it's about volumes, critical mass that needs to be there. And, you know, the industry isn't at that stage yet. It's hampered...MORE-Full video + Transcript
http://www.abc.net.au/landline/content/2014/s4049599.htm

Hemp=Food, Fibre, Fuel and Medicine

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