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Hemp Industry Act 2019 Northern Territory

Hemp Industry Act 2019

On 8 August 2019, the Hemp Industry Bill 2019 (‘the Bill’) was debated and passed by the Northern Territory’s Legislative Assembly. With its passage and assent the Hemp Industry Act 2019 (‘the new Act’) will be created.

Upon its commencement the new Act will provide the authorising environment and framework for the regulation of low Tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) Cannabis species (i.e. containing less than or equal to 1% THC content) for food, fibre and seed production.

Industrial hemp plants differ from regular hemp species in that they contain very low levels of THC, and if consumed foods and products made from industrial hemp have no psycho-active effects on individuals.

Commencement of the new Act will not take place until the supporting Hemp Industry Regulations (‘the Regulations’) are finalised and approved by Government. It is expected that the new Act and Regulations will commence in readiness for the 2020 growing season.