iHemp is not a Drug Remove industrial Hemp from the Misuse of drugs act MoDA 1975

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New Zealand is officially the last place in the world you are NOT able to use Hemp products as a food for humans or animals it would now seem. Hemp Hearts until 2014 were legal to sell in New Zealand as a ingredient in animal products.

 In 2014 the Ministry Of Health (MOH) sought a Crown Law opinion that changed the status of  Hemp Hearts from a product of Industrial Hemp to a Seed. A Seed is defined as “The unit of reproduction of a flowering plant, capable of developing into another such plant” this opinion made Hemp Hearts no longer a food but a drug requiring a licence.

The NZHIA has challenged this opinion and Is requesting it be made public, as it not based on facts or knowledge and has disabled the industries progress of Hemp Hearts for animal products. 

Technically a nut, hemp Hearts are a optimum nutritional ingredient in human and animal products. They contain over 30% fat and are exceptionally rich in two essential fatty acids for healthy brain function and development, linoleic acid (omega-6) and alpha-linolenic acid (omega-3). They also contain gamma-linolenic acid, which has been linked to a number of health benefits.

Hemp seeds are a great protein source, as more than 25% of their total calories are from high-quality digestible protein.They are also a great source of vitamin E and minerals such as phosphorus, potassium, sodium, magnesium, sulphur, calcium, iron and zinc. Containing 20 amino acids which aid in DNA repair, 9 of these we can not produce, The leaves can be made for teas, garnish, balms, food oils and agrifood products. Primarly those feedstock benefit most and can be used in a wide range of natural animal health products. 

 Our last NZ govt can pass a bill in 48 hours for humans to drink alcohol at 5 am and watch the AB’s which causes far more social harm and has little health benefits. 

 MOH have issued licences for 17 years under the regulations which are supposed to exempt industrial hemp from the prohibitions of Cannabis in MoDA and MoDR legislation to enable licence holders to grow process and trade in products derived in part or in whole from the Industrial Hemp plant. Why are we enabled to obtain a licence to grow process and trade in Hemp under these regulations, yet disabled by the burecrattes  Medicines control staff opinions from making animal products in part or in  whole from Industrial Hemp as the regulations state we can.

The only cannabinoid legislation restricts in the iHemp Regulations is THC (now proven to be neuroprotective used correctly) 

September 7th 2017 Peter Dune made an amendment to the Misuse of Drugs act that classified ANY product containing Cannabidiol (CBD) a prescription medicine further disabling the Hemp industry and restricting the use of Hemp in animal feeds or agriculture.

We agree that any large therapeutic dose of CBD may like vitamin C have Drug interactions with other prescription medication and needs to be prescribed by a physician. However caffeine is a drug not restricted, so with the absence of harm from CBD to completely why restrict public access or ban CBD from any products? This is not necessary and in fact detrimental to the progress of the current government and our viable industry.

Grapefruit acts on the same p450 liver enzyme yet we don't ban this?

Countries around the world that allow human and animal products to be made from Industrial Hemp are seeing the proven positive results for the health and wellbeing of animals and public alike. 

 At its November 2017 meeting, the World Health Organisation (WHO) Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) concluded that, in its pure state, CBD is not a drug and does not appear to have abuse potential or cause harm. CBD is not currently a scheduled Drug in its own right. (only as a component of cannabis extracts)

However, where CBD is produced for pharmaceutical purposes as an extract of cannabis, cannabis extracts and tinctures are included in the 1961 UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs. 

The WHO does not recommend CBD for medical use.

 Due to Industrial Hemps low THC content 0.35% and its inability to be used as a recreational drug for abuse IndustrialHemp produced for food fibre or horticultural purpose is exempt from the UN single convention.

The people who sign this petition ask the newly elected New Zealand Government to acknowledge that Industrial Hemp is not a drug and there is no need for it to be regulated as one.

Cannabinoids are a multi billion $ industry the we the NZ licence holders want access to not global corporates ! 

It has no potential harms associated with any products derived in part or in whole from the plant. Hemp is how we should educate our children on the correct uses for Cannabis Sativa L. The object of the regulations are supposed to enable licence holders to grow, process, produce, and trade in these products. 

It in fact it has major economic and health benefits to New Zealand’s business, health, housing, environmental, and rural sectors. 

Approving only Fibre and seed is only a portion of the 25000 possible uses for Industrial Hemp. Hemp has been around for 1000’s of years as a food fibre and dietary source of vital phyto nutrients and poses no harm for humans, enabling early voyagers to travel the world. 

Industrial Hemp is Cannabis Sativa L genus that contains no more than 0.35% THC in flowering leaves and tops. For to long Hemp has been tainted with the Cannabis / marijuana restrictions and stigma, yet the lack of harm or potential for abuse of the whole plant or products made using industrial Hemp warrants no further justification for this. 

 Now in the Information age the New Zealand public are able to understand why this versatile functional food was removed from agriculture around the world, it was simply racism and greed.

 We ask that the newly elected govt of New Zealand remove Industrial Hemp from MoDA and allow the industry to take advantage of all economic opportunities that the industry currently presents without restriction. 

 Isn’t It’s time to again lead like we did with allowing women to vote, and not follow the rest of the world ? Hemp answers so many of the current issues New Zealand faces we ask that you do your own research and support our petition. 

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