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Green light for hemp crop trials

Posted on July 27, 2000

Hemp crops could be planted by October, with the Government set to approve trials allowing industrial hemp to be grown in New Zealand. Customs Minister Phillida Bunkle said that the main objections from police had been overcome and “approval in principle” for trials had been granted.

Progress on hemp frustratingly slow

Posted on July 27, 2000

The Green Party hopes that announcements today from Health Minister Annette King and Customs Minister Phillida Bunkle that hemp trials could start this summer spells the end of years of procrastination by Government politicians.

New Zealand Moving Towards A Legal Hemp Industry

Posted on July 27, 2000

In a statement to the media, New Zealand Customs Minister Phillida Bunkle has given her officials the go ahead to start negotiating with industry representatives to develop trial plots of industrial hemp. Minister Bunkle said that industrial hemp offered a unique opportunity for regional development in New Zealand.

Minister approves in principle industrial hemp trials

Posted on July 27, 2000

Customs Minister Phillida Bunkle has given her officials the go ahead to start negotiating with industry representatives to develop trial plots of industrial hemp. Phillida Bunkle said industrial hemp offered a unique opportunity for regional development in New Zealand. She has agreed in principle to the trials going ahead.

Hemp trials to start

Posted on July 27, 2000

The Government has given the green-light for industrial hemp trials to begin. Customs Minister Phillida Bunkle has given officials the go-ahead to start negotiating with industry representatives.

Hemp trials get govt go-ahead

Posted on July 27, 2000

Industrial hemp trials are likely to go ahead in Nelson this spring. After three years of waiting industrial hemp advocate Brian Coulter of Motueka is delighted with today’s announcement that trials of the fibre crop have been approved by government ministers.

Case “not a precedent”

Posted on June 16, 2000

Police say they do not believe a precedent has been set by a Motueka man who successfully argued in court that the cannabis plants he was growing were not a drug. Even if other people adopted the argument of hemp advocate Stephen Burnett, this did not meant they would automatically succeed, police said.

Meeting to discuss hemp trials

Posted on May 1, 2000

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.

Hemp enthusiasts may form group

Posted on April 11, 2000

Hemp enthusiasts will meet in Motueka tonight to decide whether to form an official group. Motueka Employment and Small Business Centre worker Pat O’Shea said the decision to gather together people interested in the commercial future of hemp was made at a local meeting attended by Customs Minister Phillida Bunkle.

Hemp-growing trials get Minister’s support

Posted on March 24, 2000

Customs officials are confident they have the ability to control any industrial hemp grown in New Zealand to ensure it could not be used as a cover for illegal cannabis growing.