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Cameron Sims Plant Culture hemp seed

Food Safety Minister David Bennett said in April that hemp seeds would soon be legalised, and that hemp had no psychoactive effects and was considered nutritious and safe to eat.

It would take around 18 months for drug and safety laws to be changed to legalise the product.

Sims, who is also a chef and founder of Plant Culture, said he wanted New Zealanders to be ready for when that happens.

"Hemp seed oil is a consumer good, but there is lots we can do with the protein rich by-product that is currently being sold as animal feed," Sims said.

The global market for hemp seeds is worth around $1 billion and its legalisation here could generate up to $20 million in exports.

Sims said he would also use the pop-up restaurant to educate diners on the science, history and laws surrounding industrial hemp.

"Despite the growing awareness of the health benefits of consuming the seed, there is still a strong need for us to disassociate hemp from marijuana in public opinion," he said.

The pop-up will run from Thursday to Sunday at the Atomic Coffee Roasters in Kingsland, Auckland.


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