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importing cannabis seeds into new zealand

If you live in New Zealand, you probably know that cannabis has recently been in the spotlight – there are plans for a referendum to be held in 2020 on whether the recreational use of marijuana should be legalized. Opinion polls reveal that most New Zealanders support the medicinal use of cannabis with an increasing number in favour of recreational use of the drug. Around 13 percent of New Zealanders regularly use cannabis.

It’s currently not legal to buy cannabis seeds in NZ, although this may change if the result of the referendum is in favour of full legislation of the weed. However, it’s possible to buy them on the black market. For example Aotea Square in Auckland, is a well known location to buy seeds on the street. Yet, there is a big risk that you buy low quality seeds when you buy them from a street seller.

Is it possible to buy weed seeds in New Zealand?

In the eyes of New Zealand law, a cannabis dealer is someone who is in possession of 28 grams or 100 spliffs. If caught with this amount, the crime will be automatically dealt with by the New Zealand Crown Court system.

Over the years, many dubious online sellers have sprung up which have scammed many customers and damaged the cannabis seeds industry tremendously. Always buy from a seller with a good reputation such as Weedseedsexpress, Nirvana or ILGM. But how can you tell which companies to trust in this market which is inevitably unregulated? We have got some tips for you.

Even if you are planning to grow weed for personal use, you must be aware of the risk of a criminal record and one of several penalties, such as a $2,000 fine and a two-year sentence or a $2,000 fine. Someone classed as a dealer will face more serious consequences than someone believed to be in possession of cannabis for personal use.

"The ramifications can be quite serious," he said.

"If you get seeds here in NZ chances are you might get a male which doesn’t grow any buds so they are basically worth nothing and that is why they are importing them, they are guaranteed females," he said.

The illicit mail isn’t addressed to hot spots, per se. It covers most of the country, Adams said.

Henderson said people try to import cannabis seeds to guarantee getting female plants.

Senior Sergeant Jason Henderson said two Tokoroa locals were arrested recently following the execution of a search warrant at a house seeds were addressed to.

"Last year was an anomaly at 43,000, that was quite large," he said.

Cannabis seeds are flooding New Zealand’s mail system with 19,000 caught at the border this year alone.

“The Misuse of Drugs (Industrial Hemp) Regulations 2006 and the Food Regulations 2015 will be amended to allow the sale of hemp seed as food. Hemp flowers and leaves will not be permitted.

What will happen at the border when hemp seed food products are imported into or exported from New Zealand?

Who will benefit?

Swinburne University of Technology research concluded that it is highly unlikely that consumption of food containing trace levels of THC (that comply with the amended Standard 1.4.4) would result in any THC-positive oral fluid, urine or blood-based drug test.

The consignment import licence issued by the Ministry of Health must be presented to Customs for each importation of whole hemp seeds. New HS Tariff codes will be in place from 1 January 2019 to differentiate whole and hulled hemp seed, and also hemp flour and hemp meal.

Ensure seeds are heat-treated prior to importing into NZ