Thursday, 27 February 2020 11:15


Written by  The Hound

A mate of the Hound reckons despite more farmers growing it and more hectares of hemp in crop these days, it has not stopped the bureaucrats from creating stupid and costly regulations.

For starters, farmers must get a licence for the privilege to grow hemp from the Ministry of Health at an annual cost of $511 + GST.

This is all because the plant is a cousin to cannabis (which, ironically the current Government wants to make legal) even though anyone would have to smoke about a hectare of hemp to even get a buzz.

And to stop all those crazy hippies raiding hemp crops to feed their habit, any farmers growing hemp beside a road must use a cover crop – say, maize – to hide the hemp crop from the prying eyes of any passing traffic.

Unbelievable, but true!



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