ABC  Australia reports……..Biosecurity SA says thieves are targeting South Australia’s first legal hemp crop and has issued a reminder that the product will deliver “absolutely no high”.

Key points:

  • The first legal hemp crops are being harvested in South Australia
  • A State Government agency and farmers say thieves are targeting the plants
  • They have warned the product will not make people “high” and pesticides could make users sick

The South Australian Government agency’s rural chemicals operations manager Michael McManus said he had become aware that some hemp producers were facing unwanted attention on their crops.

The first commercial harvest of industrial hemp crops is underway.

“It is just not worth the risk to try and steal them,” Mr McManus said.

“Industrial hemp should not be confused with medicinal cannabis or marijuana.

“This crop is essentially just like any other agricultural crop such as wheat or barley.

“Depending on the final purpose of the industrial hemp crop, spraying for insects and weeds can occur, so anyone thinking of stealing industrial hemp plants to either consume or smoke will experience absolutely no ‘high’.

“They should also be aware that if crops have been sprayed, any consumption could in fact lead to a risk of becoming seriously unwell due to potential pesticide exposure.”

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