Hemp campaign

a HEMP processor is challenging costs being introduced by the Home Office which will penalise all industrial hemp growers in the UK.

Hemptechnology will contact all growers to inform them of the action which they estimate could create £60,000 of unnecessary costs.

The Home Office introduced licence fees last month without consultation with the industrial hemp industry. It followed a more stringent regime of licences that were introduced in October 2009.

NFU Vice President Gwyn Jones said: “We are continuing to lobby for the removal of industrial hemp from the Misuse of Drugs Act and we are aiming to put as much pressure as possible on the Home Office.

“It is ludicrous that an industrial fibre crop continues to be subject to rules created for controlling illegal drugs.”