Stop Facebook Censoring Hemp

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OUR PETITION: The New Zealand Hemp Industry Association (NZHIA) paid Facebook to promote posts about industrial hemp but Facebook blocked the promotion. We ask that Facebook end the disruption of the hemp industries, including the censoring of advertising industrial hemp and also the prohibition of business services that should be available to lawful hemp farmers, companies, retailers and supply chain businesses, since it became legal to grow in NZ in 2006.

Industrial Hemp is legal in New Zealand (as well as USA, Australia, Canada, China, Chile, France to name but a few), including the sale of hemp seed as a food for human consumption.



Hemp, also referred to as industrial hemp, is a variety or species of the genus plant Cannabis Sativa L and is distinct in that it does not contain greater than 0.35% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) on a dry weight basis. The low concentration of THC contained in the hemp plant does not cause the psychosomatic effects that are associated with marijuana varieties of Cannabis which contain higher concentrations of THC.

Cannabidiol (CBD) is a dominant phytocannabinoid, among more than one hundred other phytocannabinoids, identified in hemp and can be found in other plants including black pepper, cacao and echinacea. Hemp-derived CBD is a naturally occurring compound concentrated in the resinous flower of the plant. CBD, among many others of the more than one hundred phytocannabinoids in hemp, does not cause a psychosomatic or intoxicating experience.

Hemp-derived compounds are widely promoted today, but hemp has a long history as an international and domestic commodity that produces high-quality fibers and nutrient dense seeds and seed oil. Hemp has a rich history from its use in textiles in ancient (B.C.) Asia where Cannabis is indigenous to the time it was mandated by early-American settlers of the seventeenth century as a necessary crop for the good of the nation.

Hemp cultivation exists around the world and has only recently been legal to grow in the United States since 2014 with restrictions. China, France, Canada and Australia are all large-scale producers and exporters of hemp, and the U.S. is known to be the largest buyer of hemp worldwide. President Obama enacted the American Agricultural Act of 2014 (the “2014 Farm Bill”), which included Section 7606, titled “The Legitimacy of Industrial Hemp Research.” Section 7606 of the 2014 Farm Bill allowed the states to pass legislation giving authority to their state Departments of Agriculture to promulgate rules and regulations and also allow the licensing of hemp pilot programs, including marketing research.


New Zealand introduced a licencing scheme for industrial hemp in 2001. The subsequent Misuse of Drugs (Industrial Hemp) Regulations 2006 set conditions allowing farmers to grow and sell hemp crops. On 28 April 2017, trans-Tasman Ministers approved a change to the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code to allow the sale of hemp seed as a food for human consumption.