By Nelson Evening Mail Limited
Nelson, New Zealand — Industrial hemp advocates will hold a meeting in Motueka next week to discuss producing trial crops in the area.
Motueka Employment and Small Business Centre board member Pat O’Shea said the group would meet once a month to discuss marketing, uses for industrial hemp and barriers to its production.
Movement on the issue came about after the Government announced that it supported in principle the lifting of a moratorium on industrial hemp trials.
A public meeting in Motueka in March showed there was widespread support from the community. Hemp advocates at the meeting told Customs Minister Phillida Bunkle that they wanted trials to be under way by spring.
The next meeting will be held at the Tasman District Council meeting room on May 10 at 7.30pm. Ms O’Shea said anyone with an interest in industrial hemp trials was encouraged to attend.
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