On 11 April 2018, the Industrial Hemp Amendment Bill 2018 (the “Bill”) was introduced to the WA Legislative Council by the Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLC. The Bill is currently before the Legislative Council where it is awaiting further comment and discussion.
The Bill is proposed to amend the following WA Acts:
According to the Bill’s Explanatory Memorandum (“EM”):
It is anticipated that the Bill will amend section 3 to the Act to enable the cultivation, harvesting and processing in WA of industrial hemp with a tetrahydrocannabinol (“THC”) content of up to 1%. It achieves this by amending the definition of industrial hemp from no more than 0.35% of THC to no more than 1% of THC.
The definition of processed industrial hemp at s 3(1) to the Misuse of Drugs Act 1981 (“MoD Act”), is amended so that the defence provisions currently available under the MoD Act continue to apply in relation to processed industrial hemp with a THC content of no more than 1%.
It is anticipated the changes will allow for a greater variety of industrial hemp crops to be bred and developed in WA, under local environmental conditions and in different soil types, providing opportunities for increased yield, improved profitability, and options for integration into more established farming systems as a rotation or break crop.
It will also reduce incidents where people accidentally exceed the current standards due to external factors such as weather.
In the Minister’s Second Reading Speech, she commented:
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