AT its monthly meeting tonight the Derwent Valley Council gave unanimous in-principle support to the growing of hemp in Tasmania for agricultural, industrial and medicinal purposes.
The council also formed a working group that will hold its first meeting next week to develop a policy position on the growing of hemp for medicinal, fibre and food production in the Derwent Valley.
While much of the discussion focused on medicinal cannabis, Councillor James Graham said the main focus should be on growing hemp for food. Cr Graham also said he looked forward to a future when the Boyer mill could make paper from hemp.
Mayor Martyn Evans said he expected considerable interest in the council's decision and he had already heard from ABC Radio earlier in the day.