New South Wales (capital Sydney...in Australia) is about to pass legislation to allow Hemp to be grown on an industrial scale. This is a huge leap forward for a country whose all round Cannabis/Hemp laws have been in stuck somewhere in the thirties for so long:
From the Sydney Morning Herald:
Honestly, as an Aussie who has been a pro hemp/ pro Cannabis person for most of my life, this is the BEST news I've heard for a long, long time. I just hope other states follow suit.
"Industrial hemp fibre produced here in NSW could pave the way for the establishment of a new viable industry that creates and sells textiles, cloth and building products made from locally grown industrial hemp," said the Primary Industries Minister, Ian Macdonald, who will oversee the licences for the new crop.
"There is growing support from the agricultural sector for the development of such a new industry. This is a direct result of the environmentally friendly nature of industrial hemp and a perceived interest for hemp products in the market."
Trials in the state's west had yielded 10 to 12 tonnes of dry stem per hectare, which was similar to yields reported from crops in other states and in Europe, Mr Macdonald said.