NH: Holdens site mooted for Medical Cannabis
Australian Cannabis Corporation CEO Ben Fitzsimmons is no stranger to Hoops and Sixers Fans. There is a story in the Sunday Mail today about the ACC potentially converting the Holden's Site into a production facility. However, the state government needs to support it and make changes to legislation to enable it to happen.
Hemp has previously been widely grown and used for useful purposes including medical purposes. The banning of hemp in the 1930's by the USA seemed to protect the new synthetic industry with Du Post being the biggest winner out of the ban. Hemp is a versatile product being used for textiles, paper, rope, oil and fuel (just ask Mr Ford about his hemp car). Being a cultivated crop, it is renewable and the production of hemp has a cycle just like the production of wheat.
Cannabis has many active ingredients, but THC is the one that provides the highs associated with illicit usage. Since being banned, selective growing has seen the THC levels in today's street drugs 100 times greater than in the 1930's. The Cannabis that the ACC is talking about has little THC in it.
Personally, I would support this facility as the medical benefits seem well documented and proven, and I can see it providing benefit to the community, jobs for farmers and workers, as well other benefits.