NZ Herald reports

Willie Kaa is a licensed hemp grower who lives in Ruatoria on the East Coast.

He is part of a collective of growers working with Hikurangi Hemp to develop medical cannabis products from industrial hemp plantations.

Kaa recently planted 16 hemp cultivars as a trial on Rangitukia Station just north of Ruatoria, after applying for an industrial hemp licence from Medicines Control at the Ministry of Health.

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