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New South Wales to extend hemp production trials

Posted on May 9, 2004

The New South Wales Government is extending its trials of commercial hemp production but has warned anyone interested in growing the crop that it only contains low levels of THC, which is the active ingredient in marijuana.

Monaro MP Steve Whan says a few trials have been underway since 1995, with little success.

He says with more countries utilising hemp fibres for fabrics and other materials, there is a real likelihood the trials could become commercially viable projects.

“At the moment with the trials, it’s all about industry research organisations trying to work out and evaluate the fibre’s manufacturing potential,” he said.

“There is a market for this fibre overseas so if this is something that’s successful in the long term, it might be something which could be exported.”

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