SA to look at cannabis, hemp changes
Meetings are being held in South Australia today to discuss the future of the medicinal cannabis industry. The South Australian government will consider lobbying the commonwealth to change laws and regulations considered barriers to the development of a medicinal cannabis industry in the state.
The government has also brought key stakeholders together to consider economic opportunities that exist for medicinal marijuana and also for the production of industrial hemp.
Industry associations, lobby groups, research bodies, companies and government departments met on Monday to discuss the potential future for both sectors.
Manufacturing Minister Kyam Maher said the state government did not want to stand in the way of economic progress. "We will look at what needs to be changed and then let the market decide," he told reporters.
But the minister said while SA could legislate for the production of industrial hemp, regulations surrounding the production of medicinal cannabis were largely the responsibility of the federal government.
"If there are reasonable things we can do, we're happy to make representations to the federal government," he said. "Certainly the regulations concerning the production, the growing, the cultivation of medicinal cannabis are done at a federal level.
"But we're interested to see what some of the barriers that people who might want to look at this as an economic opportunity in this state face."
The Australian Cannabis Corporation, which took part in the discussions in Adelaide, said medical cannabis had transformed the economic and social wellbeing of multiple US states and countries throughout the world.
It said it would work with the state government on a clear path forward to seize what it described as a "massive" opportunity for South Australia.